Our Elephants

At Jumbo Camp our elephants are healthy and happy and used to being a part of the village community. We manage their breeding and reproduction to ensure the elephant population is appropriately maintained. We manage their diets and ensure there is enough of the right type of food in the area to keep them healthy. Our elephants are free to wonder the property under the supervision of their mahouts to ensure they get adequate exercise every day.

We aim to bring our guests an authentic and humane experience with our elephants. This is why at Jumbo Camp you will not see elephant shows where elephants play games and perform tricks for the amusement of an audience. You will observe natural elephant behavior and learn to care for our elephants and treat them with the respect that they deserve.

We currently have eight elephants at Jumbo Camp; Rungthip, Paitoon, Kampai, Madee, Jokia, Maenoi, Dante and Bobo. Rungthip is the oldest at 35 years and Dante is just a newborn.

Asian Elephants

The Asian or Asiatic Elephant, is one of the three living species of elephant. It is the largest living land animal in Asia. The species is found primarily in Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Indochina and parts of Nepal and Indonesia (primarily Borneo), Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Burma, China, Bhutan, and Sumatra. It is considered endangered due to habitat loss and poaching with between 41,410 and 52,345 left in the wild. This animal is widely domesticated, and has been used in forestry in South and Southeast Asia for centuries and also in ceremonial purposes.

The Asian Elephant is slightly smaller than its African relatives; the easiest way to distinguish the two is that the Asian elephant has smaller ears. The Asian Elephant tends to grow to around 2 to 3.6 metres (6.6 to 11.8 ft) in height and 3,000–5,000 kilograms (6,600–11,000 lb) in weight.

The Asian Elephant has other differences from its African relatives, including a more arched back than the African, one semi-prehensile “finger” at the tip of its trunk as opposed to two, four nails on each hind foot instead of three, and 19 pairs of ribs instead of 21. Also, unlike the African Elephant, the female Asian Elephant usually lacks tusks; if tusks are present, they are barely visible, and only seen when the female opens her mouth.

Thai Elephants

All Thai elephants receive world class care including treatment at the Friends of the Asian Elephant Hospital when required. The Thai Government assists with financial support for Thai elephants to ensure that they are properly cared for.