Elephants at village locations in Cambodia

5 village locations has kept elephants in Cambodia

There is presently 11 (2,9) living elephants in village locations in Cambodia (in this database)

Elephants at village  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:

5 village locations has kept 17 elephants in Cambodia

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

Elephants in village locations11 (2,9) living6 (4,2) dead
Sex ratio and
 Male  2 / 11 
 Female  9 / 11 
 Free contact  11 / 11 
 Protected contact  0 / 11  0%
 No contact  0 / 11  0%
 Unknown contact  0 / 11  0%
 wild  0 / 11  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
Bousra village elephant camp
Kept totally 5 elephants
, 1 present (1,0)0 births2 relocated2 deathsvillageSen Monoromnortheast Cambodia
Katieng Waterfall (Phume Kateung) elephant village
Kept totally 4 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)1 births4 relocated0 deathsvillageLabang I communenortheast Cambodia
Phum Thmay village
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsvillageBanlungnortheast Cambodia
Poulong elephant village
Kept totally 7 elephants
, 5 present (0,5)0 births2 relocated0 deathsvillageSen Moronomnortheast Cambodia
Putang village elephant camp
Kept totally 9 elephants
, 4 present (1,3)0 births1 relocated4 deathsvillagePutangnortheast Cambodia
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