Born and bred in captivity, Cherry was first put to work at a huge hotel as an entertainment elephant. Cherry later moved to a riding camp at Cherng Talay where she was put to work, carry people, for the next few years after that. For the next 10 years, Cherry would spend her time moving from various riding camps from the Big Buddha to Chalong until she was rescued by the sanctuary.
Cherry suffers from cataracts and can be observed with a white cloud around both her eyes. Cherry also has long nipples from years of self stimulation (a by-product of the lack of stimulation that captive elephants suffer from).
At the sanctuary, Cherry now spends her time with her bestfriends, Kiao Ta and Dok Khun, who protect her and guide her in her daily life.
Dok Khun, mother to Natalie and Grandma to Baby Choke, was born in the Siam safari camp. Dok Khun was then moved to a riding camp in Kalim Beach. It was there where she gave birth to her daughter Natalie.
After her separation from Natalie, Dok Khun was put to work at a riding camp until she was 34.
Dok Khun is an extremely rotound elephant and spends her days grazing and munching. Occasionally, Dok Khun is seen running… after sacks of corn.
Dok Ngoen, our second oldest rescue was born in Phetchabun Province. As a young elephant, Dok Ngoen was made to work at a logging camp for 40 years.
In her 40s, Dok Ngoen was moved to Phangha Province where she would work as a trekking elephant for close to 30 years.
The scars that Dok Ngoen carries on her ears and body, bears as markings for a life we are glad she has left behind.
Our oldest rescue, Fino worked as a logging elephant in Phetchabun Province for a long long time.
She was then moved to Phuket. In Phuket, Fino was put to work in a riding camp for the next 10 years after that. Up until the point she was rescued, Fino had worked for more than 60 years.
At the sanctuary, Fino can be seen spending most of her free time grazing with the buffalos.
Lam Yai was born in Pattani Province. Lam Yai spent the first half of her life working as a loggin elephant in different provinces in Thailand. In her 30s, Lam Yai got into an accident. She slipped and broke her leg while hauling a log down a slippery, slope in the rain.
Because of her injury, Lam Yai became of little use to her owner, who sold her to another owner. Lam Yai would spend the next 20 odd years between logging and riding places before eventually being rescued by the sanctuary at 54.
When in the presence of Lam Yi, one can feel her quiet energy.
Mali was born in Phuket where she worked as an entertainment elephant at a hotel. Born and bred in captivity, Malee enjoys the attention from her caregivers. Her caregivers are often seen shaking their heads and laughing at her mini temper tantrums.
A boisterous elephant, Malee can be seen socialising with the older girls and her best friend Valentine. Malee can also be seen cuddling up to her favourite handlers or asking for treats.
From a young age, Nanfa was put to work in various logging camps around Thailand. Roughly 30 years ago, Nanfa was moved to Phangha where she was put to work as a trekking elephant at a riding camp.
Like Dok Ngoen, Nanfa carries all the scars of her previous life on her ears, forehead and all across her body. Although it is visibly obvious that Nanfa’s had a hard life, Nanfa carries a lot of youth spirit in her and can always be seen running towards food.
As a young elephant, Pimpa was forced into a long hard life. Pimpa was put to work in several riding camps all over Thailand.
These locations include: Hua Hin, Koh Chang, Pattaya, Ayuthaya Province and Phuket.
It was in Phuket, at 30, Pimpa gave birth to Valentine, on Valentine’s Day. They were shortly separated after that and Pimpa continued working at various elephant riding camps as a trekking elephant.
At the sanctuary, Pimpa can often be seen hanging out with her friend Sai Thong.
Born and bred for captivity, Sai Thong has gone through several different change in ownership since she was a young elephant.
At the age of 32, Sai Thong was moved to Phuket where she was put to work at a riding camp as one of many trekking elephants.
Sai Thong joined the sanctuary at the age of 38 and has been a wonderful addition to our team.
At the sanctuary, Sai Thong can be seen always hanging out with her friend Pimpa, often using each other as scratching posts.
Sai Thong also enjoys her swims and can often be observed napping while taking a dive.
On the 14th of February, 2009, Baby Valentine was born to his mom Pimpa.
Born and raised in Phuket, Valentine has been put to work as an entertainment elephant in various hotels.
During his first few years as an entertainment elephant, Valentine worked as a ‘meet and greet’ elephant at hotel lobbies, where he would do tricks and perform for guests. When Valentine got too big, He was moved to an elephant camp where he would work as a trekking elephant for the next 3 years.
Valentine was rescued in 2017 (same time as his mom, Pimpa) Everyone at the sanctuary will never forget the day Pimpa and Valentine were reunited. To this day, they still have a close bond and Valentine can be seen between socializing with the younger elephants and going to his mom for cuddles.