Year of rescue: 2014

Age at the time of rescue: 50 years old

Sex: Male

Personality traits: Reserved and gentle

Recognisable features: Tuskless (makhna)

Present health condition: Undergoing treatment for chronic hip abscess with regular cleaning and dressing with antiseptic ointment

Facility: Field of Dreams

Favourite food: Sugarcanes and muskmelons 

Closest to: Solitary in nature

Favourite activities: Loves playing around with his tyre enrichment

Special needs: Dietary supplements given in cooked concentrate for building immunity and internal strength

Mahout name: Surendra

Background history: Torn away from his mother as a calf, Raju was rescued in 2015 from Uttar Pradesh, where he spent decades working as a begging elephant. He would cower at the whip of a bullhook and his pain would be clear for the world to see but his owner just couldn’t care less. When Raju arrived at Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, heavy chains lauded his feet and the spikes from the chains poked at Raju’s legs that caused soaring blisters. | READ MORE ABOUT RAJU »

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