Mongkol is a 9 months old male calf born in March 2016 in Hua Hin. He arrived at Elephants’ Home and Nature in December 2016 together with his mum Kat. He’s coming from an elephant camp in Hua Hin where his future would have probably been of chains, hooks and circus-style shows. Signs and marks on his body show that the training process was already started. At our place his life will be full of love, cuddles, treats and refreshing baths in the river Kwai. No needs to say that all the staff is already in love with him and the only risk that he’s facing is to be over spoiled. He shows already a strong and fierce personality chasing everything and everyone. His trunk is constantly active to smell, touch and grab everything he comes across in order to satisfy his natural curiosity. His favorite food at the moment is sugar cane. He just discovered it and he’s crazy about it. Like his mother Kat he doesn’t like dogs at all and he clearly shows his displeasure if they’re standing too close to him.
Kat is a 22 years old female born in Surin province. She arrived at Elephants’ Home and Nature in December 2016 with her 8 months old baby Mongkol. Before getting here she was living in Hua Hin, but in a different camp from the one Duk Dik, Orm and Nuk come from. Anyway the treatment she received was the same: chain all day long and abuse of the hook to control her. She was used for riding activities with a heavy basket chair (at Elephants Home and Nature guests can ride only bareback. Any additional weight is useless and dangerous for the animal health). The results of these were several scars on her body and severe signs of stereotypical behavior like constantly swinging her trunk and her head. After a couple of weeks at our place she’s getting definitely better and she looks a lot more relaxed. To identify her look for the female with the trunk almost totally covered with depigmentation marks. Her tusks are both visible and the right one is quite long compared to the other females. Her favorite food are pineapple and coconut. She doesn’t like loud notice but biggest enemies are…dogs!! If a dog get close to her she will try to kick him immediately. The two dogs roaming around Elephants Home and Nature have already learnt that it’s better to stay away from her.
Nuk is a 23 years old female born in Surin province in 1993. She came to Elephants’ Home and Nature in mid-December 2016. Before getting here she was living with Duk Dik and Orm in an elephant camp in Hua Hin where she was chained all the time and due to the policy of the place the mahouts had to carry a hook and hit her whenever she wasn’t immediately responding to a command. Also she had to perform shows for tourists and didn’t have the chance to bath and play in a river. When she arrived here she was clearly underweight. After a couple of weeks of proper diet and adequate supplements she’s quickly gaining weight and going back to a healthier body shape. At Elephants’ Home and Nature she looks super relaxed and comfortable with the new environment and the new people. For this reason it was a big surprise for us to know that in the past years she managed to escape twice from the previous camps that were hosting her. In the second occasion it took three days to the mahouts and the authorities to find her. According to the mahout that is taking care of her, she’s the fastest runner he ever saw!! Thus she got her nickname: Turbo! She loves receiving hugs and kisses on her trunk! Another thing that she never experienced before. She’s quite tall and definitely a bit skinnier than the other girls. She presents a patch of depigmentation on the mid-trunk but quite darker compared to other elephants. She has short tusks with only the left one slightly coming out of the mouth.
Jumbo is a 21 years old male born in Surin province in 1995. He’s the second elephant who came to Elephants’ Home and Nature in December 2016. He was previously living in an Elephant Camp in Damnoen Saduak in Ratchaburi province where he was used for riding activities with a heavy basket chair and he had to perform circus-style shows for tourists. When he arrived at Elephants’ Home and Nature he presented a major abscess on the front right shoulder with the inflammation spreading down the whole leg. This prevents him from walking properly making impossible for him to bend the right knee. He also has problems with the front left ankle bending unnaturally outside of the normal loKation. The reason of this is a bad fall in the water drain that occurred to him when he was younger. The situation is constantly monitored by two vet teams from Mahidol University and Wildlife Hospital in Sayok and Kasetstart Veterinary University that come every few days to check Jumbo and give him the best possible treatment. Any interaction with tourists will be avoided until full recovery. He’s easy to identify being the biggest elephant in our camp. He doesn’t present any task at all. It’s getting more and more common to observe Asian males elephants that were born without tusks (it’s estimated that at least 10% of the total do not have tusks). This is observed by several studies on African elephants too and it’s due to a natural evolution process. Tuskless elephants are more likely to survive not being killed by poachers. Jumbo has a fierce personality. He’s totally comfortable and attached to his mahout and people who he’s used to but it might be dangerous when approached by totally strangers. Nevertheless he’s quickly getting used to the home and he’s now a lot friendlier than he was at the beginning. When you greet him don’t be surprised if you have a very vocal elephant ‘’Krub’’ in return!!
Orm is 22 years old female. Born in 1994 in Surin province, she came to Elephant Home and Nature at the beginning of December 2016. She was previously living with others of our elephants in a camp in Hua Hin where she was forced with a hook to perform tricks and shows for the tourists and she couldn’t enjoy a good swim in the river. At a younger age she has been travelling to Japan and China as a ‘’superstar’’ in highly unethical boxing competitions. Because of all these negative experiences she is quite wary with strangers. When she arrived here she presented an eye infection that has been successfully treated by our vet team. Nevertheless she quickly adjusted to her new home and she loves her multiple daily bath with her younger friend Duk Dik. Like an old sister she carefully plays with her in the water and patiently accepts all her attentions. Compared to the other females she has a shorter but bigger trunk with a lot of patches of depigmentation. She presents a visible small left tusk and an even smaller right one. She loves any treats but her favorite ones are pineapples and pumpkins. If you start dancing and singing in front of her she will keep up with the rhythm!! And if you have a hula-hoop give it to her. She will surprise you!
Duk Dik is a young female of 12 years old. Born in 2004 in Surin province, she came to Elephant Home and Nature at the beginning of December 2016. She was previously staying in an elephant camp in Hua Hin where she was chained all the time and due to the policy of the place the mahouts had to carry a hook and hit her whenever she wasn’t immediately responding to a command. Also she had to perform shows for tourists and didn’t have the chance to bath and play in a river. After a first hesitant approach to the water, now she loves every single minute she spend in the river Kwai and in a much more relaxed environment she can finally show her truly sweet and friendly personality. Like every teenager she’s always in search of attentions, especially from her good friends Orm that she constantly pokes with her curious trunk. She’s a bit jealous of Mongkol, our 9 months old baby, which is stealing all the attentions. You can see her disappointed when he gets fed the milk. She would love to have it as well!! She’s pretty easy to identify. Due to her young age she’s quite smaller than the other elephants and she still doesn’t have visible tusks. She doesn’t present any patch of depigmentation on the trunk, but she has two peculiar spots on her cheekbones. If you want her to love you give her bananas and sugarcanes, but don’t feed her sweet potatoes; even a small one and she will spit everything out!