† Rajah is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 1936-03-09 at Auckland Zoo, in New Zealand, . Official death reason described as shot by a keeper, aggressive.
Rajah was born unknown 1917 at Myanmar unspecified location.
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 trunk by a patron while still in Hobart. Rajah amazing bulk is on display at the Auckland War Memorial Museum”.
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