Elephants & Kwan-changs

Tangthai & Ton

Tangthai & Ton

At age 12, Tangthai, whose name means musk melon, is one of the visitors’ favourite elephants here at the Park. She has a wonderful character and is very gentle with our visitors and particularly with children. She loves to be fed bananas, splash around in the pool and generally seek as much attention as possible! Ton, her young Kwan-chang is 19 and devoted to her care and they understand each other perfectly. Tangthai is a long-standing girlfriend of our powerful male elephant, Baramee - there is a great video clip of the two of them in the pool together - you can see it if you click on the tab Gallery/Video gallery.

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 37 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 her devoted Kwan-chang Por, 28. As you can see here, he is quite a character! He loves taking photos of our visitors with his beautiful elephant and has earned the nickname ‘Look at me’!

Bai-ngern & Dong

Bai-ngern & Dong

Bai-ngern, an 13-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 Kwan-chang, Dong, is 18 years old and asked Lek if he could train with him to be an elephant carer 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 & O

Choosri & O

Choosri has been with Lek for well over 35 years. They know each other inside out. Choosri is now 49 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 Kwan-chang, O, is 18 years old and comes from a family deeply involved with elephants. He has finished his education and trained under P’Lek to work with elephants himself. Choosri is a real family elephant and we are so pleased to see the really strong bond that exists between her and O.

Baramee & Ti

Baramee & Ti

Baramee is our handsome and mischievous 14-year-old 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 . Baramee’s Kwan-chang, Ti, is 19 and still just a teenager. He grew up with Baramee so they have a mutual respect and understanding of each other.

Tong-Sri & Jak

Tong-Sri & Jak

In Thai, Tong-Sri‘s name means “Golden Lady.” Tong-Sri thoroughly enjoys her day job, loves meeting our visitors - and simply adores bath-time. She will walk into the water, flop onto her side, and wait to be pampered! Having been with her Kwan-chang, Jak (29), for about 5 years, Tong-Sri is now 37 years old, and a magnificent, very sure-footed and gentle lady of ’middle age‘. She seems to be living life to the full and she and Jak both know exactly how to put a smile on our guests’ faces. Jak says that he is in Heaven working at the Park - he so loves elephants and is totally passionate about them. He is also a very good photographer!

Ja Na & Gun

Ja Na & Gun

Ja Na joined Phang Nga Elephant Park in early 2018. Her name means ‘The Best’. She is 14 years old and the cousin of our lovely Bai-Ngern. Since they are about the same age, the two teenage girls spend lots of time together. Ja Na loves the water, she splashes around and tends to lie down on the side waiting to be scrubbed. Her Kwan-chang Gun is 19 and comes from Surat Thani Province. He trained with Wun for many months before eventually taking on our lovely Ja Na. He says that Ja Na has the sweetest temperament which we think matches his shy but good hearted nature too. The pair are clearly very good friends.

Preuksa & F

Preuksa & F

Preuksa, whose name means Flora, is our newest arrival. She is absolutely gorgeous and is 24 years old. She comes from Umphang, which is Thailand’s most remote district, located in the depths of Tak province in the north of the country. She is settling in extremely well, loves her baths and all the attention, and she is also very friendly so is rapidly getting to know the other members of the herd. Her Kwan-chang is known as F. Preuksa and F have a special bond that has allowed them to connect quickly. F, who is P‘Lek’s son-in-law, has an energetic and playful personality, which is very similar to Preuksa!

Seanuan & Ohm

Seanuan & Ohm

Ohm and Seanuan have now been at the park for two years. They make a great pair as both are laid-back, a little bit shy and very gentle. Seanuan, at 34 years old, is one of our biggest girls weighing about 3.75 tons. Her name translates as "Soft Lady" and she is truly one of our most beautiful girls. Seanuan is great with families and is always ready for a bath. Ohm is 30 years old and although he is a man of few words, he smiles a lot, is incredibly kind, and loves to answer questions about his gorgeous elephant.