Protecting Rescued Elephants in Thailand
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[b]Meet our Elephants[/b]
Meet Lulu the baby of our GVI family at just 8 years old. Named after a famous Thai comedian, Lulu lives up to her name and is always fun to hike with. She shows lots of interesting behaviour associated with her young age. She chooses to walk the forest with her partner in crime, Dee Dee who is always patient with Lulu’s inquisitiveness. Even when she steals food out of his mouth!
For the first three years of her life, Lulu lived in a tourist camp before heading home to Huay Pakoot to live with her mum Kah Moon, dad Bulouwan and grandmother Khum Suk. Before joining the GVI project, Lulu had never lived in the forest before, watching her play and forage naturally is a beautiful sight. Her mahout, Thanapol keeps a careful eye on her and she is often his muse for many drawings and paintings. Her abundant baby hair, small tushes and playful nature make her a firm favourite for many volunteers and staff.
Meet Khum Suk, the matriarch and oldest of our GVI ele’ family at the impressive age of 67. Whilst her name means “happiness” she can be set in her knowledgeable ways and certainly lets her mahout, Wynn know when she doesn’t want to do something!
Khum Suk has lived a long life however many of those years have unfortunately not been spent in the forest that she clearly enjoys. In her early life she worked in the Burmese logging industry working long hours moving timber. When the trade became illegal, she moved to a tourist camp in Thailand to work as a riding elephant before coming to the project in 2014. In the past she also built some of the houses here in the village of Huay Pakoot with the help of Manit (Old Chief).
She is now able to retire in peace back in her forest home with her two daughters, Kah Moon and Thong Kam and granddaughter Lulu. Watching her move around the forest with surprising grace and interact with her daughter Kah Moon is a joy.
Meet Sah Jah our 44 year old gentle giant. Sah Jah, who was originally called Ampai unfortunately lost two calves due to lack of milk. A shaman decided to change her name from Ampai to Sah Jah, meaning “truth”, to give her a good luck blessing. Shortly after, Sah Jah gave birth to a healthy Mario, who is now growing into a handsome bull.
Before coming to the project, Sah Jah worked as a logging elephant even carrying the logs to build her owners’ house. She was then moved to a tourist camp for riding once the logging trade was abolished, walking from Huay Pakoot to Chiang Mai in seven nights.
In 2015, Sah Jah returned home to Huay Pakoot, her birthplace to be with her son, Mario in a larger herd. She now helps to raise Khum Suk’s grandchildren along with her own son under the watchful eye of her mahout Sombat. Sah Jah is one of GVI’s more vocal elephants and is always ready with a trumpet or rumble to the warn the younger ones.
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