Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Rajah at Auckland Zoo

 ☨ ♂ Rajah  
Rajah displayed as taxidermy specimen.
Rajah as taxidermy specimen.
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Taxidermy locationAuckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, New Zealand


ASMP nr20


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 19 years old
Characteristics:complete body
Born:* 1917 unknown
Birth place: in Myanmar unspecified location
Dead: 1936-03-09
Death location: Auckland Zoo,
Death reason: shot: shot by a keeper, aggressive
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Auckland Zoo, in New Zealand

Date of arrival

1930-06-00Auckland Zoo
from Hobart Beaumaris Zoo

1925-00-00Hobart Beaumaris Zoo
from George B. Chapman

1925-00-00George B. Chapman
from British Empire Wembley Exhibition

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History of updates2010-10-03: previous locations

Latest document update2021-07-05 01:55:50
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† 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.

Taxidermy locationThe Taxidermy remains of this animal is within the Taxidermy collection at Auckland War Memorial Museum, in Auckland, New Zealand, since 1936-00-00.


Rajah was born unknown 1917 at Myanmar unspecified location.

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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”.

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Rajah, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Auckland Zoo in New Zealand. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 17 September 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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