Elephants at camp locations in Cambodia

8 camp locations has kept elephants in Cambodia

There is presently 18 (3,15) living elephants in camp locations in Cambodia (in this database)

Elephants at camp  locations in Cambodia

Region: Cambodia is in this database included in asiaOther regions
Wild elephants:

Cambodia has about 425 (min. 250, max. 600) wild elephants. Source:Maltby & Bourchier (2011)

Location holdings:

8 camp locations has kept 30 elephants in Cambodia

(Database tables with collection of elephants further down on the page)

Elephants in camp locations18 (3,15) living12 (0,10) dead
Sex ratio and
 Male  3 / 18 
 Female  15 / 18 
 Free contact  16 / 18 
 Protected contact  0 / 18  0%
 No contact  0 / 18  0%
 Unknown contact  0 / 18  0%
 wild  0 / 18  0%

Map above: Elephant distribution (yellow) in Cambodia. Source: Fauna and Flora International, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Wild population

2011: The present numbers of wild elephants has been correlated to DNA studies of feaces, a project supported by Fauna and Flora International, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
2006: surveys that collected DNA from elephant dung in Seima Protection Forest revealed a population of approximately 116 animals within the protected area — but not a single elephant was seen during the study.
1999: 500-1000 (Osborn and Vinton, 1999)
1995: 2 000 (Kemf and Jackson, 1995)

Captive population

There is 121 captive elephants (Jack Highwood, 2011)

During the Pol Pot regime, some domesticated elephants reverted to a wild state. Very few wild elephants were captured during the period 1980 to 2000, according to local people in Mondulkiri.


In l999, Mondulkiri provincial DFW officials recorded 93 elephants, but by 2000 the number had declined to 83 elephants. These ten elephants lost between 1999 and 2000 were in fact sent to Siem Reap. According to the last double check conducted by Mondulkiri DFW in June to July 2001, 91 domesticated elephants were recorded. Others were possibly sold to Thailand and Viet Nam between l999 and 2000. During this period, six calf elephants were captured, ranging in age from 6 months to five years old, according to provincial DFW sources.

Reference list

Koehl, D., Facts about elephants in Cambodia. Elephant Encyclopedia, (2020) available online retrieved at https://www.elephant.se/country.php?name=Cambodia. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources, among others

NameElephant collectionTypePlaceDistrictProvinceStateRegion
Angkor Wat
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathscampSiem Reap
Angkor Wat elephants
Kept totally 26 elephants
, 10 present (3,7)1 births9 relocated7 deathscampSiem Reap
Boransotha elephant community
Kept totally 3 elephants
, 2 present (0,2)0 births0 relocated1 deathscampSen Moronomnortheast Cambodia
Khmer Rouge cadres labour camp
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathscampCardamom Mountains
Mondulkiri Project Elephant Sanctuary
Kept totally 5 elephants
, 5 present (0,5)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampSen Moronomnortheast Cambodia
Phume Kaplaeng elephant village
Kept totally 4 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)3 births2 relocated2 deathscampLabang I communenortheast Cambodia
Sen Moronom waterfall elephant camp
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births1 relocated0 deathscampSen Moronomnortheast Cambodia
Wildaid Cambodia (Military camp)
Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated1 deathscampPhnom Penh
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