Elephants at sanctuary locations in Cambodia

4 sanctuary locations has kept elephants in Cambodia

There is presently 22 (4,18) living elephants in sanctuary locations in Cambodia (in this database)

Elephants at sanctuary  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:

4 sanctuary locations has kept 29 elephants in Cambodia

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

Elephants in sanctuary locations22 (4,18) living7 (2,5) dead
Sex ratio and
 Male  4 / 22 
 Female  18 / 22 
 Free contact  22 / 22 
 Protected contact  0 / 22  0%
 No contact  0 / 22  0%
 Unknown contact  0 / 22  0%
 wild  0 / 22  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.
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Sources, among others

Internal relevant links

  • The elephant database startpage. Statistics
  • News about elephants in Cambodia (From the sister site Elephant News)
  • NameElephant collectionTypePlaceDistrictProvinceStateRegion
    Airavata Elephant Foundation
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathssanctuaryLabang I commune
    Lumphat DistrictRatanakiri Provincenortheast Cambodia
    Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 3 present (0,3)0 births0 relocated1 deathssanctuarySiem Reap Province
    Elephant Valley Project Cambodia
    Kept totally 23 elephants
    , 10 present (1,9)0 births9 relocated4 deathssanctuarySen MonoromMondulkiri province
    Kulen Elephant Forest
    Kept totally 9 elephants
    , 8 present (2,6)0 births0 relocated1 deathssanctuarySiem ReapSiem Reap Province

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