Elephants at Sonboon elephant sanctuary

Thai Elephant Rescue: Meet Kham Phaeng, the sweet new resident of Somboon


With your support, an elephant that had suffered in heavy chains for decades was finally rescued and welcomed by our partners at Somboon Legacy Foundation.

Kham Phaeng was shackled in heavy chains and toiled for tourist entertainment for many years before she found refuge in Somboon Legacy, a safe haven for elephants.

The sweet elephant experienced horrific cruelty during her time in the wildlife tourism industry that left her blind in one eye and also resulted in her losing all her teeth. Kham Phaeng would have been sent away by her owners. 

Thank you for supporting genuine sanctuaries like the Somboon Legacy Foundation for vulnerable elephants who need a safe place to call home.

Watch Kham Phaeng enjoy an afternoon scratching herself on a tree at her new sanctuary home.

Kham Phaeng was welcomed with plenty of fresh papaya, pineapple and watermelon on her first night in her new home. She is settling in well and has grown very close to her mahout, her human companion who takes care of her every need and also accompanies her during her swims to keep her safe. 

Kham Phaeng has also made friends with fellow elephants Malee and Kammoon. They love sharing meals with her, especially fresh grass and fruit. They’ve even taught her how to protect her skin from the sun with a refreshing dust bath.

Together, we can make this the last generation of elephants to be exploited for entertainment.

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