Elephants at wild locations in Cambodia

6 wild locations has kept elephants in Cambodia
There is presently 0 (0,0) living elephants in wild locations in Cambodia (in this database)

Elephants at wild  locations in <span style=Cambodia' src=images/Cambodia-Elephant-Records-1.jpg width="800" height="566" >

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:

6 wild locations has kept 5 elephants in Cambodia

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

Elephants in wild locations0 (0,0) living5 (0,2) dead
Sex ratio and
 Male  0 / 0  0%
 Female  0 / 0  0%
 Free contact  0 / 0  0%
 Protected contact  0 / 0  0%
 No contact  0 / 0  0%
 Unknown contact  0 / 0  0%
 wild  0 / 0  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)

2021: It is estimated that about 300 elephants live in the protected areas of Mondulkiri province, and some of these are trans-boundary, moving hence and forth between Mondulkiri and Yok Don, in Dak Lak, Vietnam. Theres elephants in two locations in Ratanakiri province, some 30 elephants in Ou Ya Dav National Park, and some more in Stoeng ta pok close to Ta Veng. Close to D’dar Poom Chop in Virachey National Park, a small group of elephants were reported by Gregory Edward McCann, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, in 2016, who seems to be a a trans-boundary herd, migrating hence and forth to Laos.

Captive population

There is 121 captive elephants (Jack Highwood, 2011)

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

Mondulkiri and Ratanakiri

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.
(FAO) At Catieng water fall, outside Banlung in Ratanakiri, 3 elephants remain.

Recommended Citation

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

Sources, among others

Internal relevant links

  • The elephant database startpage. Statistics
  • News about elephants in Cambodia (From the sister site Elephant News)

  • NameElephant collectionTypePlaceDistrictProvinceStateRegion
    Cambodia unspecified location
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)4 births4 relocated0 deathswild
    Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)5 births0 relocated4 deathswildSenmonorom Mondulkiri and Kratié provinces
    Koh Kong Province
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)1 births2 relocated0 deathswildKoh KongKoh Kong province
    Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)1 births1 relocated0 deathswildKratie
    Mondulkiri provincenortheast Cambodia
    Preah Monivong National Park (Phnom Bokor National Park)
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathswildKampotKampot province
    Prey Long forest
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)1 births0 relocated1 deathswildKratie province

    This document was updated: 2020-10-31 14:11:19

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