Sri Nin is a female elephant thought to be born 1967 in Ranong in Southern Thailand. She initially worked in the logging industry until the government ban in 1989. Like so many Thai elephants, following the ban on logging Sri Nin was put to work in the tourism entertainment industry, providing rides. She was brought to Koh Samui in 1999, where she continued to work in trekking.
Sri Nin was left blind in her left eye after her mahout at the time used a slingshot to punish her for failing to obey his command. As a result, she has a somewhat nervous disposition and can be easily startled. She can also be recognised by a missing section of her tail, having been bitten off by another elephant when she was young.
Here at Samui Elephant Haven, she is now able to enjoy her newfound freedom, surrounded by a constant stream of love and dedicated care, of which she is very deserving. She plays the role of nanny to Nong Pech and Moloair; the two younger members of the herd.
Moloair was born in 2009 in Tak Province in the west of Thailand near the Myanmar border. From a very young age, she underwent a cruel training process to force her to perform in an elephant circus in the south of Thailand. During this time, she was stabbed in her trunk several times by her mahout. As a result, she has a significant persistent injury to her lower trunk, and understandably, does not like her trunk to be touched.
In 2016, Moloair was rescued from her nightmarish situation and transported to a project in Surin Province. On arrival, she was still extremely distressed and cried every day for three months. During this time, Nong Pech constantly tried to comfort her, but Moloair continued to push her away. After a few months, Moloair finally accepted Nong Pech as her friend and the special bond between them has grown ever stronger since.
Having found a loving home at Samui Elephant Haven, Moloair spends her days happily with her best friend Nong Pech and their nanny Sri Nin.
Nong Pech was born on Koh Samui in 2012, making her the youngest in the herd. In 2014 she was taken to Surin in the northeast of Thailand to be used in street begging – a torturous existence for an elephant. During this time she had a terrible accident where she fell down a drain. It took two years for her to recover from her injuries. She was moved to a project in Surin to support her recovery.
It was in Surin that she met her best friend Moloair. Although Nong Pech is the younger of the two she is the leader and is extremely protective of her friend.
Nong Pech and her best friend Moloair are inseparable; free to bathe, play, and roam the sanctuary as happy as can be.
Nong Om & Plai Perm Poon
We are happy to welcome two new members to the herd at Samui Elephant Haven – mother and son – Nong Om & Plai Perm Poon, a 1 ½ year old male. Both Nong Om and Plai Perm Poon came from a riding camp on Koh Samui. At the camp, the mahout would tether Perm Poon to with his mother and he would have to walk along side her all day so did not have much time to play.
The journey to their new life began in the afternoon of March 2, 2019. The original plan was to transport the elephants by truck, but Nong Om was very protective of her son and resisted getting on the truck. No doubt she feared that her baby would be separated from her. Finally, the Samui Elephant Haven team gave up on the plan to go by truck and after allowing her to calm down, they walked across the island instead. They walked with them through the night and after about 6 hours arrived at the sanctuary early the following day. They were greeted with loud trumpeting; a grand welcome party from the resident herd at Samui Elephant Haven.
From now on Nong Om will no longer work providing rides for tourists and her son, Plai Perm Poon, will be able to live a more natural life by the side of his mother in a sanctuary where they are respected.
Sudarat is a 41 years old female elephant. Before being rescued in late 2017 she worked at several riding camps across Thailand to service tourist’s desires to ride these majestic giants. She was previously used at a camp on Koh Samui where she worked alongside our beautiful nanny, Sri Nin.
When she arrived at Samui Elephant Haven, Sri Nin, Moloair and Nong Pech welcomed her immediately into their herd, which is evidence of just how incredible elephants are.
Since Sudarat arrived Moloair and Nong Pech have been so excited to have an extra nanny to take care of them. The arrival of Sudarat appears to have only strengthened the deep loving bonds that exist between the members of our herd.
Plai Bang is a 25 year old bull elephant who used to be on a short chain near one of the most famous waterfalls on Koh Samui. He had been chained there for almost twenty years so that tourists to the waterfall could feed him. Understandably, the confined life of this majestic giant, being unable to roam and forage, caused him great mental stress and boredom leading him to exhibit unnatural behaviors.
In August of 2018, Plai Bang was rescued thanks to the help of Save Elephant Foundation who leased 10 acres of land for him. He was finally able to take his first steps of freedom when he was moved to a new chain free shelter which will be extended over time.
Plai Bang is now recovering and adjusting to his life, free of chains at Samui Elephant Haven.
Meet Our Herd
Join our half day morning or afternoon tour and spend time with Sri Nin, Moloair, Nong Pech, Sudarat, Nong Om & Plai Perm Poon.