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Ganesh Gaj Scholarship

Ganesh Gajraj, as named, he was a famous elephant in Nepal elephant’s history. Located in Koshi Tappu Region, he never harmed any human during his lifetime, he was worshipped by humans. People of that region used to give food to him in Nanglo .

The Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve used to be known for its single elephant named Ganesh. He was a large bull elephant belonging to a private landowner living near to Kusaha, a village near the Reserve’s headquarters. The story of the elephant is known by almost everybody in this region. Ganesh, being a domestic elephant, and therefore used to people, was set free to roam after his owner dies. The owner’s wife having insufficient money to take care of him, untied Ganesh’s chains, and told him to roam the village and forests for food and water. So Ganesh took to roaming the villages, going up to the village of Pattyapur where the former domestic elephants were kept, and also spending time in the grasslands of the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve. He returned daily to his owner’s house, however, where his owner’s wife fed him mostly bananas and rice. Then one day the wife also died. When Ganesh became aware of this he refused to go anywhere. According to villages Ganesh spent 12 days in front of the house, refusing to go anywhere or eat anything.

Anecdotal follows that, he went to hospital to get nails taken out of his foot without any person help. A very intelligent and magnificent behavior was observed in him. Lots of anecdotal prevail in that regions rumoring him.

He also frequently visited the domestic elephant stables and became one of Nepal’s most successful fathers of many domestic elephant calves. Although Ganesh was honored as a symbol of Ganesh, he was also disliked by many villages for killing people and destroying their crops. Ganesh died in 1991 of a disease and has become a legend since in the villages he used to roam. His head has been kept in the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve’s headquarters.

To honor him, we have created a scholarship of Nrs 10,000 per year to student whose father died in elephant mishap.

Raja Gaj Scholarship

Raja Gaj

Raja Gaj (king elephant) (c. 1936 – 2007?) was a large Asian elephant that lived in the Bardiya National Park in Nepal. He was considered to be the biggest Asian bull elephant of modern times who was estimated to be 11 feet 3 inches (3.43 metres) tall at the shoulder, some two feet taller than the average Asian elephant. He went missing from his habitat in southwestern Nepal, in December 2007 and was never seen again. He was estimated to be 70 years old at the time of his disappearance. The two beasts, living up to their reputation, were estimated to have footprints measuring 22.5 inches across and a height to the shoulders of 11 feet 3 inches, which makes them even larger than the largest-ever recorded specimen of the Asian elephant, Elephas maximus.

To honor him, we have created a scholarship of Raja Gaj Scholarship of Nrs 10,000 per year to student whose father died in elephant mishap.


Banking Details

Name of the Bank- Everest Bank Ltd.

Account Name – Nepal Biodiversity Research and Conservation Centre

Account Number – 00100105202156

Branch – New Baneshwor Kathmandu

Swift code-  evblnpka