Mae-Ja was originally from the Mae Chaem District. She is the mother of Soom-Boorn, who is the middle child of three. Mae-Ja experienced the hardships of working life from an early age, first being employed to haul lumber at a logging camp. After two decades in the timber industry, she began work at a jungle-based riding camp, where she lived for approximately ten years. Folowing this, Mae-Ja was moved to a riding camp in Mae Tang, where she worked for a further 20-25 years. Eventually, due to her age and lifelong hard labour, she became unable to continue work at her final riding camp. Thankfully, Mae-Ja was permitted by her owner to move with her son to Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, where she is free to enjoy a relaxed and happy retirement.