Elephants & Mahouts

Tangthai & Ton

Tangthai & Ton

At age 11, Tangthai, whose name means musk melon, is our youngest female elephant here at the Park. She is wonderfully cheeky but very gentle with our visitors and is great with children. Her boyfriend is Baramee and they are going to have a baby next year! She loves to be fed bananas, splash around in the pool and generally seek as much attention as possible! Ton, her young, smiley Mahout is constantly pretending to be an elephant and gallivanting around the Park with her!

Duong-Jai & Por

Duong-Jai & Por

Duong-jai is wonderfully sociable with our visitors and loves to interact with them (her name means ‘Heart’ and she certainly has a big one). She is 33 years old and has a very healthy appetite and therefore takes care of most of the gardening in the Park. She is looked after by Mahout Por, who, as you can see here, is quite a character himself! He loves taking photos of our visitors with his beautiful elephant and has earned the nickname ‘Look at me’!

Wanna & Waridt

Wanna & Waridt

Wanna is easily distinguishable because she is blind in one eye – and she came to us after a tough time in the logging industry. Being 67 years old, she is the oldest elephant here at the Park, and possibly one of the wisest. Wanna is very experienced and probably thinks she doesn’t need a Mahout but Waridt accompanies her at all times anyway! He comes from a local elephant family and he was thrilled to get the chance to work with us at the Park. Wanna, whose name means ‘The Day’ is quite cheeky with him on most days - but the two are very firm friends.

Bai-ngern & Dong

Bai-ngern & Dong

Bai-ngern, an 11-year-old female, joined the Park in late 2016 and soon settled in as part of the family. She is best friends with Tangthai who is the same age. Her name (pronounced roughly ‘bai-nurn’) can be translated in several ways but we like ‘Silver Leaf’. Her Mahout, Dong, is 16 years old and asked Lek if he could train to be a mahout after visiting the Park and the elephants. Dong and Bai-Ngern are learning together under Lek’s watchful eye and they seem to be a great couple.

Choosri & Wun

Choosri & Wun

Choosri has been with Lek for 30 years. They know each other inside out. Choosri is now 46 years old and is one of the most contented and gentle elephants you could meet (indeed her very name means ‘Goodness’). She is one of our most beautiful elephants and we are very proud of her. Her Mahout, Wun, is 21 years old and comes from the Umphang hill tribe in the North where his family is intimately involved with elephants; in fact, his grandfather is quite famous in the elephant world and asked if Wun could come and be a Mahout for Lek. Choosri is a real family elephant and we are so pleased to see the really strong bond that exists between her and Wun.

Saaw-eiat & F

Saaw-eiat & F

Saaw-eiat is 58 years old which slightly contradicts her name that can be translated as ‘Young lady’ but we all know she is young at heart. Her Mahout, F, is Lek’s son-in-law and his own 1-year-old son Kacha is already showing a huge affection for elephants so the family’s next generation of mahouts is well under way. F‘s father used to be Saaw-eiat’s mahout and now F has taken her over. She is such a gentle giant and our visitors are often in awe of how majestic she is.

Baramee & Ti

Baramee & Ti

Baramee is our handsome and mischievous young male well-named as ‘Great’ or ‘Strong’. He certainly has a great personality, if a bit laddish at times, so we don‘t allow our visitors to get too close to him. But you really cannot fail to admire him. Baramee is besotted with Tangthai – they are always trying to cosy up together and we are so pleased they are going to a baby in 2018. Baramee’s Mahout, Ti, is also a teenager and has grown up with Baramee so they have a mutual respect and understanding of each other.

Dao-ruang, Tanwaa & Ma

Dao-ruang, Tanwaa & Ma

32-year-old Dao-ruang, whose name means ‘Marigold’, is the gorgeous mother of our little baby Tanwaa, who was born in December 2015 (Tanwaa means ‘December’). Dao-ruang is very patient and accepting of naughty Tanwaa and his playful ways. Our visitors love to watch them together. Tanwaa will play with anything and everything, from a football, to trying to steal the water hose, to climbing into the wheelbarrow! Ma has been Dao-Ruang’s proud mahout since 2010, and they are both extremely well looked after by him.