Elephants & Mahouts

Tangthai, Tonkao & Ton

Tangthai, Tonkao & Ton

At age 12, Tangthai, whose name means musk melon, is one of the visitors’ favourite elephants here at the Park, particularly since she had her new baby (Tonkao, born in January 2018). She is wonderfully cheeky but very gentle with our visitors and is great with children. 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, until she had the baby, was always gallivanting around the Park with her! Now he has had to take his fatherly duties seriously - which he truly does!

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’!

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 22 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. There is a short video about Wun and his life as a Mahout with Choosri - see Gallery/Video gallery.

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 had a wonderful 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. It is hard to believe he is now 2, as 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.

Ja Na and  Pi Noi

Ja Na and Pi Noi

Ja Na joined Phang Nga Elephant Park in early 2018. Her name means ‘The Best’. She is 12 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. In the pool they always like to be close to each other, touching each other’s trunks. Ja Na loves the water, she splashes around and tends to lie down on the side waiting to be scrubbed by our guests. Her dedicated and experienced mahout Pi Noi has a wonderful relationship with Ja Na - and as those who meet him soon discover, he really enjoys taking pictures and is always up for a laugh.

Preuksa and Lek

Preuksa and Lek

Preuksa, whose name means Flora, is our newest arrival. She is absolutely gorgeous and is only 18 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. Preuksa is so special that Lek is looking after her personally, although in due course he will look for a very special mahout to bond with her for the future.