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Elephant Retirement Park Phuket
“Love the place! Rustic and simple. It’s a place where you learn the correct way of looking after elephants. The elephants are free to roam around and do what they wanna do. Great friendly staff. Recommended! Will bring friends along next time.”
EMMA – Nicknamed ‘Em’ is a 65-year-old female who is currently the oldest elephant at the park. Her age is only an approximation as her previous owner did not know her birthdate. She and Bai Bua are the wise old ladies on the park. Em is very relaxed and does everything at her own pace. She will sit quietly and close her eyes when enjoying her most favorite mud spa activity. She is old and blind in her right eye. Elephants tend to go blind with age. Em is originally from the Phang Nga province. Emma encapsulates the strength and grit elephants have as she endured years and years of logging, now outlawed by King Bhumibol the Great, yet she is very friendly with everyone who comes to the park. She would love to have you fuss over her when visiting the Elephant Retirement Park Phuket in the near future! When she came to the park 6 months ago she was skinny and sick. With lots of vitamins and minerals and good food, she is now healthy and happy. She likes to eat alone, doesn’t like sharing her food. Em is a majestic old lady and we love her very much
BAI BUA – Nicknamed ‘Bua’, is a beautiful 50-year-old female elephant. Bua is currently the second oldest elephant at the park. She and her friend Emma are the wise old ladies of the park. She is incredibly calm and relaxed which is shown through the pace at which she walks. She is originally from the Surat Thani Province, where she endured logging and trekking hardships. She also, unfortunately, spent her younger years as a street elephant, thus having lots of people riding her for a terribly long time. Bai Bua is a very kind & special elephant. She gives definition to the term polite whilst also having great manners with every visitor who comes to treat her with food and the fantastic mud spa! Bua gives you another perspective on elephants due to her mellow character. She is very well behaved and will ensure you have a superb visit to the Elephant Retirement Park Phuket.
NAM WAN - Nam Wan is a 52-year-old female who grew up at an elephant riding park in Pattaya City, east of Bangkok. After working in Pattaya, Nam Wan was moved to another riding park in Phuket before she arrived at the Elephant Retirement Park Phuket. She is very happy at our park and a naturally friendly & gentle elephant. Her favorite foods are lots of green leaves and banana stems!
TUB TIM - is the mother of Adell. She is a 35 year old female. Tub Tim came from a life of riding and shows then went to live at the Elephant Retirement Park Chiang Mai. She has been at the Elephant Retirement Park Phuket for 2 months. She has had three babies, one, Wan Wisar - lives with her now at the Park. She loves visitors, is very friendly. She is very fond of eating green leaves - banana, bamboo, sugar cane and pineapple. She loves to swim and plays hard in the mud.
BOON NUM - is a 40 year old female. She came from a life of elephant riding in Chalong district, not far from Phuket. She has been at the Elephant Retirement Park Phuket for 2 months. Boon Num is very happy now meeting lots of visitors. She is super friendly but also placid and walks slowly. She loves to play in the mud, swim and eats lots of bananas.
WAN VISAR - nickname Adell - A female nearly 3 years old. She came with her mother Tub Tim from Chiang Mai and they both live at the Elephant Retirement Park Phuket. Wan Visa is a mischievous little girl running around playing. She is super friendly, doesn’t know her own strength so watch out! Eats all the things that elephants love.
NAM FORN - nick name Nicro - She is a 7 year old female. Nam Forn came from a life of riding and elephant shows. She previously lived at another park in Phuket before coming to the Elephant Retirement Park Phuket 5 months ago. She is very cheeky and running away all the time is a game she loves. She eats lots of bananas, sugar cane and Napier grass
KHAM MUEN - a female aged 27 years. She came from trekking in the Phang Nga Province to the Elephant Retirement Park Phuket 2 months ago. She is very happy now. Eats bananas, pineapple, sugar cane and bamboo leaf. She is super friendly with visitors and likes to play. She doesn’t like loud car engine or tractor engine noises and runs away. Kham Muen is 14/15 month pregnant. She will give birth any time from July onwards. Elephants can be pregnant from 18- 22 months!
NAM THIP - a 4 years old female. She came to the Elephant Retirement Park Phuket with Nicro. She is also from a life of riding and shows where she danced with a hula hoop. She is cheeky, funny and super friendly with visitors. Nam Thip is very contented now at the Elephant Retirement Park Phuket where elephants can be elephants.
DIAMOND - an almost 6 years old female is a super beautiful, friendly good natured elephant who absolutely loves the mud spa and shower! One of 3 original elephants at the Elephant Retirement Park Phuket, she came while the park was still under construction in 2017. Diamond came from Surin Province in NE Thailand. Like the majority of captive working elephants, Diamond was forced to work at shows and dressed up to stand in front of hotels street begging and for tourists to take photos until her rescue in June 2017. Diamond unfortunately had a very traumatic childhood and suffered abuse from her trainer when forced to learn demeaning circus tricks. Unable to take it anymore she suffered inquiry to her left leg when punished with a bull-hook as her trainer tried to break her spirit and force her into submission.Thankfully Diamond's life of freedom has now started at the Elephant Retirement Park Phuket. Diamond is now firmly part of our family and an absolute delight to be around! Like all the elephants she loves a diet of bananas, sugar cane, green leaves of pineapple, Napier grass and bamboo. She is happy now and loves her new home.
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