Rajah at Auckland Zoo

Male Asian elephant Rajah at Auckland Zoo

† Rajah
ID Number:   ASMP Number: 20 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male 19 years
Dead date: 1936-03-09
Death reason: euthanised: shot, aggressive
Location:Auckland Zoo
ArrivedAuckland Zoo 1930-06-00
from Hobart Beaumaris Zoo
Hobart Beaumaris Zoo 1925-00-00
from George B. Chapman
George B. Chapman 1925-00-00
from British Empire Wembley Exhibition
Born:1917 unknown Myanmar
Document updated2010-10-03: previous locations
Rajah stood eight feet three inches at the shoulder and was 13 years old coming from Hobart, Australia. Rajah spent six years in Auckland before his keeper began to lose control of him and he was put down, ironically by the future director of the Zoo Lt. Col. Sawer, (this was considered more humane than being chained up for the rest of his life). It transpired that Rajahs unpredictable nature was due to a lit cigarette being put up his truck by a patron while still in Hobart. Rajah amazing bulk is on display at the Auckland War Memorial Museum”.

Sources, among others

  • Liz (aka author of the Mad Bush Farm blog)
  • http://www.zoobeat.com/14/elephants-australia-new-zealand-3022/index6.html#post30667
  • http://www.zoobeat.com/gallery/showphoto.php/photo/2391
  • Australasian Region Asian Elephant Studbook (2004) compiled by David Pepper-Edwards, Australia

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