The Jungle character
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Raksha defends baby Mowgli from Shere Khan.
First appearance"Mowgli's Brothers"
Last appearance"Letting in the Jungle"
Created byRudyard Kipling
In-universe information
SpeciesIndian wolf
RelativesTwo parents (deceased)
Rama (mate)
Mowgli (adopted son)

Raksha (Hindi: रक्षा / Rakšā or Mother Wolf as initially named) is a fictional character featured in Rudyard Kipling's Mowgli stories, collected in The Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book.


She is a female Indian wolf, member of the Seeonee pack, who while suckling her own cubs decides also to adopt a human "cub" that her mate Rama has found wandering in the jungle, naming him "Mowgli" (which means "frog" in the Speech of the Jungle) because of his hairlessness.

Defying the tiger Shere Khan, who is determined to eat the man-cub, she reveals that her name is Raksha ("protection/nurture") because of her ferocity as a fighter, and she will fight to the death for any of her cubs, natural or adopted.

Raksha does not play a large role in the Mowgli stories, but occasionally offers her adopted son moral support.


In other media


  1. ^ Annika Harris (March 21, 2016). "First Look: Lupita Nyong'o, Idris Elba & Others In 'The Jungle Book'". UPTOWN Magazine. Archived from the original on May 14, 2016. Retrieved May 28, 2016.