Elephant locations in Vietnam

89 locations has kept elephants in Vietnam

There is presently 162 (25,43) living elephants in locations in Vietnam in this database

Vietnam
Region: Vietnam is in this database included in asia
Wild elephants: Vietnam has about 97 (min. 83, max. 110) wild elephants. Source:Cao Thi Ly (2011)
Location holdings: 89 locations has kept 226 elephants in Vietnam

(Database tables with collection of elephants further down on the page)
Elephants in locations162 (25,43) living 64 (17,17) dead
Hunting, forest clearances and warfare that saw forests bombed and poisoned with Agent Orange and other defoliants, made elephants functionally extinct. Conservationists hope inviable herds will cross to Cambodia and Laos.

Human-elephant conflict


There were 26 deaths of people reported in the period from 1993 to 2004 due to HEC (FPD 2004).

Wild population



1975: Vietnam was estimated to have as many as 2,000 wild elephants in 1975.

1985: According to historian Duong Trung Quoc, Viet Nam had over 500 wild elephants in 1985.

1996: population was estimated to 300-600 (Santiapillai, IUCN 1996).

2008: Wild elephant population 76-94 (Sukumar 2008)

2009: Based on the information of the frequency of tracks and statistical analysis Department of Forest Resources and Environment Management(FREM) of Tay Nguyen University estimated the number of wild elephants to be around 83 to 110
individuals.

Captive population


Captive elephants in Vietnam had dwindled from 600 in 1980 to 165 in 2006, according to the International Zoo Yearbook 2006.

2000: 165 elephants.

Currently (2011) there are 82 individual with 21 male and 61 female of domestic elephants in Vietnam. -Source: The current situation of elephants in Vietnam, by Cao Thi Ly, Tai Nguyen University, Vietnam

2019: No calves have survived birth since 1989 in a Central Highlands district where elephants are considered kin and buried among family members. (VN Express)

Dak Lak


According to “Tame Elephants in the Cultural Life of M’Nong” by Tran Tan Vinh, there were 503 tame elephants in Dak Lak in 1987. By 1997, the number was only 166, of which 64 were in Buon Don. Now, there are only 36 tame elephants left in the entire province. Buon Don has the highest number with 24, while private owners have another 12 and the remainder belong to Yok Don National Park and tour companies.

According to Dak Lak authorities, four tamed elephants died in 2010 due to disease and old age. This province now has only 56 tamed elephants, including merely three of less than 15 years old, 43 that are 15-45 years old (14 female and 29 male), and the remaining are old and weak elephants.

In Daklak, According to Daklak FPD, numbers of domestic elephants lessen along times as mentioned, 1980 year there were 502 individuals, 1990 that numbers were 298 individuals, declined to 96 individual in 2000, 64 individuals in 2006. In 2009, there were 61 individuals with 23 male and 38 female. However, they are only 53 individuals up to now with 19 male and 34 female.
-Source: The current situation of elephants in Vietnam, by Cao Thi Ly, Tai Nguyen University, Vietnam

2015: Only during the beginning of four months in 2015, 5 elephants died. Four of the elephants that died were captive and one was a wild elephant. (Source)

2019: On the morning of December 1, Bak Kham gave birth to a stillborn infant the family was unable to resuscitate, having blown air into its trunk for nearly 30 minutes. (VN Express)

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan, Facts about elephants in Vietnam. Elephant Encyclopedia, (2021) available online retrieved 2021-12-06 at https://www.elephant.se/country.php?name=Vietnam.
(archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources, among others


Internal relevant links


NameElephant collectionPlace
Ama Kong
(private) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsKrong Na commune
(map)Buon Don District Dak Lak Province Vietnam Western Higlands
Buon Don Eco Tourism Company
(camp) Kept totally 9 elephants
, 6 present (2,4) 1 births1 relocated2 deathsKrong Na commune
(map)Buon Don District Dak Lak Province Vietnam Western Higlands
Buon Don tour company
(camp) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births0 relocated2 deathsKrong Na communeBuon Don District Dak Lak Province Vietnam Western Higlands
Buon Don Tourist Centre
(camp) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 3 present (1,2) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsKrong Na communeBuon Don District Dak Lak Province Vietnam Western Higlands
Buon Don village
(village) Kept totally 14 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births14 relocated0 deathsKrong Na commune
(map)Buon Don District Dak Lak Province Vietnam Western Higlands
Can Tho City Park military base
(camp) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsCan Tho
(map)
Cat Tien National Park
(wild) Kept totally 18 elephants
, 7 present (0,0) 1 births4 relocated7 deaths Dong Nai Province
Chu Pah forestry company
(wild) Kept totally 5 elephants
, 5 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deaths
(map)
Circus Hoang Nam
(circus) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deaths
(map)
Dai Nam Open Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 2 present (1,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsHo Chi Minh City
Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Centre (ECC )
(sanctuary) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 3 present (1,2) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsKrong Na commune
(map)Buon Don District Dak Lak Province Vietnam Western Higlands
Dak Lak province unspecified camp
(camp) Kept totally 14 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births10 relocated4 deaths
(map) Dak Lak Province Vietnam Western Higlands
Dak Nong province unspecified camp
(camp) Kept totally 4 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births4 relocated0 deathsGia Nghĩa
(map) Dak Nong province Central Highlands
Dang Nang Long
(private) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births3 relocated0 deathsLak District Dak Lak Province Vietnam Western Higlands
Dieu Cuoc
(private) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 1 births2 relocated0 deathsPhu Son commune
(map) Binh Phuoc province
Dong Nai province
(wild) Kept totally 10 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 9 births7 relocated3 deathsDong Nai
(map) Dong Nai Province
Ea H Mo and Ya Lop enterprises
(organization) Kept totally 24 elephants
, 24 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deaths
(map)Ea Sup District Dak Lak Province Vietnam Western Higlands
Ea Sup village unspecified owner
(private) Kept totally 8 elephants
, 3 present (0,0) 0 births5 relocated0 deathsEa sup district
(map) Dak Lak Province
Emperor Bao Dai of Vietnam
(private) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsHue
(map) Thua Thien-Huế province
Gia Lai province unspecified camp
(camp) Kept totally 6 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births6 relocated0 deathsPleiku
(map) Gia Lai province Central Highlands
H Mui
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deaths
(map)Lak District Dak Lak Province Vietnam Western Higlands
H Um Bing
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deaths
(map)Lak District Dak Lak Province Vietnam Western Higlands
Hanoi Zoo
(zoo) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births0 relocated2 deathsHanoi
(map)
HCM City Circus Troupe
(circus) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsHo Chi Minh city
(map)
Ho Chi Minh City
(private) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathsHo Chi Minh City
(map)
Ksor Cham
(private) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated1 deathsChu Mo Commune
(map)Ia Pa District Gia Lai province Central Highlands
Ky Lao
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsKrong NaBuon Don District Dak Lak Province Vietnam Western Higlands
Lak Lake Travel Co
(camp) Kept totally 5 elephants
, 5 present (1,4) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLak District Dak Lak Province
Le Van Quyet
(private) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 2 present (1,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLak District Dak Lak Province
Mount Elephant elephant camp
(camp) Kept totally 9 elephants
, 6 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated3 deathsDa Lat Lam Dong
N’Thu K’nul (Khunjunob)
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsKrong Na commune Buon Don District, Dak Lak Province
Nay Phai Lao
(private) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deaths
Nghe An province
(wild) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 1 births0 relocated1 deathsVinh North Central Coast
Ngo Dinh Diem
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deaths
Prenn Waterfall elephant camp
(camp) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 3 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsDalat
R’leo Knul
(private) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsKrong Na commune Buon Don District, Dak Lak Province
Saigon Circus
(circus) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathsHo Chi Minh city
Saigon Port
(seaport) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deaths
(map)
Saigon Zoo (Ho Chi Minh Zoo)
(zoo) Kept totally 23 elephants
, 6 present (1,5) 0 births15 relocated2 deathsHo Chi Minh City
(map)
Sao Mai Circus
(circus) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsHai Duong
Siu Kiem
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsPleiku
(map) Gia Lai province Central Highlands
Tanh Linh National park
(wild) Kept totally 9 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births6 relocated3 deathsTanh Linh District Bình Thuận Province
Tay Nguyen Biological Ecology Museum
(museum) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsDa Lat
(map) Lam Dong Central Highlands
Thai Hoa Palace
(private) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsHue
(map) Thua Thien-Huế province
Trung Nguyen coffe
(private) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births2 relocated0 deathsBan Me Thuoc
Viet Cong elephant camp (NLF)
(camp) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deaths
Vietnam Circus Federation
(circus) Kept totally 7 elephants
, 4 present (0,4) 0 births2 relocated1 deaths
Vietnam unspecified location
(private) Kept totally 9 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 9 births9 relocated0 deaths
(map)
Y Bhem
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deaths
Y Bich
(private) Kept totally 6 elephants
, 2 present (0,0) 2 births3 relocated1 deathsKrong Na commune, Buon Don District Dak Lak Province
Y Bo Ksor
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsKrong Na commune, Buon Don District Dak Lak Province
Y Ca Triek
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLak District Dak Lak Province
Y Chon Triek
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLak District Dak Lak Province
Y Chu Hlong
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLak District Dak Lak Province
Y Dhiu H Drue
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsKrong Ana District Dak Lak Province
Y Dhui
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsBuon Don District Dak Lak Province
Y Diet
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deaths
Y Don Eban
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsKrong Na commune, Buon Don District Dak Lak Province
Y Dya H Mok
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsKrong Ana District Dak Lak Province
Y Gah H Mok
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLak District Dak Lak Province
Y Glur B Krong
(private) Kept totally 5 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 4 births3 relocated2 deathsKrong Na commune, Buon Don District Dak Lak Province
Y Hlach Uong
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLak District Dak Lak Province
Y Ju B Krong
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLak District Dak Lak Province
Y Jut B Krong
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLak District Dak Lak Province
Y Khoi B Krong
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLak District Dak Lak Province
Y Khu Eban
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsKrong Na commune, Buon Don District Dak Lak Province
Y Lanh Nie Kdam
(private) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 2 present (1,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsKrong Na communeBuon Don District Dak Lak Province Western Highlands
Y Lia Buon Ya
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsKrong Na commune, Buon Don District Dak Lak Province
Y Lit Ksor
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsKrong Na commune, Buon Don District Dak Lak Province
Y Ly Srue
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLak District Dak Lak Province
Y Mok Uong
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLak District Dak Lak Province
Y Nghiek Triek
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLak District Dak Lak Province
Y Nhun H Mmok (Y Nhuan Hmok)
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deathsEa Wer commune, Buon Don district Dak Lak Province
Y Oi Hra
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsKrong Na commune, Buon Don District Dak Lak Province
Y Phen Ksor
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsKrong Na commune, Buon Don District Dak Lak Province
Y Phong Srue
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLak District Dak Lak Province
Y Prung Eban (Ama Kong)
(private) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsKrong Ana commune Buon Don district, Dak Lak
Y Sam Luk
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsLak District Dak Lak Province
Y So Enuol
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsLak District Dak Lak Province
Y Sor Hra
(private) Kept totally 3 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 2 births0 relocated2 deathsKrong Na commune, Buon Don District Dak Lak Province
Y Tep Budam
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsKrong Na commune, Buon Don District Dak Lak Province
Y Then Eban (Ay Be)
(private) Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsKrong Na commune Buon Don District, Dak Lak Province
Y Thiem Bya
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsBuon Ma Thuot Dak Lak
Y Thok
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births1 relocated0 deaths
Y Thok Knul (Y Tok)
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0) 0 births0 relocated1 deathsKrong Na commune, Buon Don District Dak Lak Province
Y Tung Nie
(private) Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0) 0 births0 relocated0 deathsKrong Na communeBuon Don District Dak Lak Province Western Highlands
Yo Nie
(private) Kept totally 2 elephants
, 1 present (0,1) 1 births0 relocated1 deathsYang Tao Commune
(map)Lak District Dak Lak Province Central Highlands
Yok Don National Park
(wild) Kept totally 65 elephants
, 43 present (0,0) 59 births11 relocated11 deathsKrong Na commune, Buon Don District
(map) Dak Lak Province
Yok Don National Park elephant camp
(camp) Kept totally 14 elephants
, 5 present (3,2) 0 births5 relocated4 deathsBuon Don district
(map) Dak Lak



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