Plai Thong Bai at Surin elephant study center (Baan Tha Klang Elephant Village)

Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) Thong Bai at Surin elephant study center (Baan Tha Klang Elephant Village)

Thongbai and Mr Lun Salangam. Photo: © Surin elephant study center, Ban Ta Klang, Surin, Thailand.
Plai Thong Bai
Alternative name:Thongbai
ID Number:Local id Number: 3 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 49 years old
Dentition:tusker
Management:Free contact
Location:Surin elephant study center (Baan Tha Klang Elephant Village)
ArrivedSurin elephant study center (Baan Tha Klang Elephant Village)
from Ban Ta Klang unspecified owner
Born:1969 captive-born in
Ban Ta Klang unspecified owner
Parents: Noi x Bua Ngoen
Siblings through the mother Bua Ngoen:
  1. (F) noname
  2. (M) noname
  3. >1972?(F) Chand Pen
  4. >1975?(F) Thong Muan
  5. >1978?(M) Rambo
Thong Bais pedigree:
P I II III

Thong Bai

Sire:
Noi

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Dame:
Bua Ngoen

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Document updated2011-11-30: mother, birthplace, picture
2011-12-01: father, text
2018-05-04: dentition
2018-06-13: alt spelling name

Plai is a prefix name, orginally a Mon word, meaning youthful male or a strong man, today used in Thailand for male elephants with tusks.

The third calf was Plai Thong Bai. His father was Plai Noi (deceased).

Thongbai is one of Ban Ta Klangs most famous elephants, often leading processions, and he also was chosen by Chang Beer for their advertisment pictures.

Records about Thong Bai from Surin elephant study center, Ban Ta Klang, Surin, Thailand


© Surin elephant study center http://www.elephantsurin.com/


Sources, among others

  • Surin elephant study center in April 2011
  • Lalipa Nilubol, Thailand

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