Kavari Raja is an Indian elephant now in his 30's and was donated by the Indian government to the Temple of the Tooth in Kandy when he was young. He is an impressive elephant of 11ft 4inches and has huge curving tusks which cross over at the end. Despite his massive size, Kavari Raja is very mild mannered.
In January 2006 Kavari Raja tripped whilst walking down a hill carrying food from the forest for the temple. Weighing over 4.7 tonnes, he dislocated his left front leg and came to MEF for treatment at that time. The vets at MEF are continually working to ease the discomfort caused and try to rectify the problem.
Around the month of October, Kavari Raja goes into a period of ‘musth’ for up to four months. During this time, increased testosterone levels make him very unpredictable and potentially dangerous. Most of his days at MEF are spent bathing in the river where his impressive size and tusks are admired by all.
If you would like to adopt Kavari Raja for one year or two, please visit our adoption page