Monday, August 12, 2013
ABC Wed: Elephant
Taxidermist-ed elephant in the Auckland museum.
Rajah was a bull Indian Elephant, purchased by Auckland Zoo for 125 pounds from Hobart Zoo, who arrived in November 1930, aged 13. He measured 8 foot 3 (~2.5m) tall, and 9 foot 4 (2.8m~) long. He was a constant source of trouble, and was never trusted by staff. Eventually, his keeper became unable to control him, and he was shot on 9 March 1936.
He was mounted by the taxidermist Charles Dover. He has been on show there ever since, and is in reasonable condition.