Elephants at private locations in Vietnam

58 private locations has kept elephants in Vietnam

There is presently 37 (15,15) living elephants in private locations in Vietnam (in this database)

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

Vietnam has about 97 (min. 83, max. 110) wild elephants. Source:Cao Thi Ly (2011)

Location holdings:

58 private locations has kept 50 elephants in Vietnam

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

Elephants in private locations37 (15,15) living13 (4,4) dead
Sex ratio and
Management:
 Male  15 / 37 
 41%
 Female  15 / 37 
 41%
 Free contact  37 / 37 
 100%
 Protected contact  0 / 37  0%
 No contact  0 / 37  0%
 Unknown contact  0 / 37  0%
 wild  0 / 37  0%

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.

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

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 domesticated and one was a wild elephant. (Source)

Reference list

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

Sources, among others

NameElephant collectionTypePlaceDistrictProvinceStateRegion
Ama Kong
Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Na commune
(map)
Buon Don DistrictDak Lak Province
Buon Don village unspecified owner
Kept totally 13 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births13 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Na commune
(map)
Buon Don DistrictDak LakVietnam Western Higlands
Can Tho City Park military base
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateCan Tho
Dang Nang Long
Kept totally 3 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births3 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
Dieu Cuoc
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)1 births2 relocated0 deathsprivatePhu Son communeBinh Phuoc province
Ea Sup village unspecified owner
Kept totally 8 elephants
, 3 present (0,0)0 births5 relocated0 deathsprivateEa sup district
(map)
Dak Lak Province
Emperor Bao Dai of Vietnam
Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateHue
(map)
Thua Thien-Huế province
H Mui
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
H Um Bing
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
Ho Chi Minh City
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathsprivateHo Chi Minh City
(map)
Ksor Cham
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 1 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivateChu Mo Commune, Ia Pa DistrictGia Lai, Dak Lak
Ky Lao
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong NaBuon Don District, Dak Lak Province
Le Van Quyet
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 2 present (1,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
N’Thu K’nul (Khunjunob)
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Na communeBuon Don District, Dak Lak Province
Nay Phai Lao
Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivate
Ngo Dinh Diem
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivate
R’leo Knul
Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Na communeBuon Don District, Dak Lak Province
Thai Hoa Palace
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivateHue
(map)
Thua Thien-Huế province
Trung Nguyen coffe
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathsprivateBan Me Thuoc
Vietnam unspecified location
Kept totally 5 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)1 births5 relocated0 deathsprivate
(map)
Y Bhem
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivate
Y Bich
Kept totally 6 elephants
, 2 present (0,0)2 births3 relocated1 deathsprivateKrong Na commune, Buon Don DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Bo Ksor
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Na commune, Buon Don DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Ca Triek
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Chon Triek
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Chu Hlong
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Dhiu H Drue
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Ana DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Dhui
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivateBuon Don DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Diet
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivate
Y Don Eban
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Na commune, Buon Don DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Dya H Mok
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Ana DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Gah H Mok
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Glur B Krong
Kept totally 5 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)4 births3 relocated2 deathsprivateKrong Na commune, Buon Don DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Hlach Uong
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Ju B Krong
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Jut B Krong
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Khoi B Krong
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Khu Eban
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Na commune, Buon Don DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Lanh Nie Kdam
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 2 present (1,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Na commune, Buon Don DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Lia Buon Ya
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Na commune, Buon Don DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Lit Ksor
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Na commune, Buon Don DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Ly Srue
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Mok Uong
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Nghiek Triek
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Nhun H Mmok (Y Nhuan Hmok)
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivateEa Wer commune, Buon Don districtDak Lak Province
Y Oi Hra
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Na commune, Buon Don DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Phen Ksor
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivateKrong Na commune, Buon Don DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Phong Srue
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Prung Eban (Ama Kong)
Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Ana communeBuon Don district, Dak Lak
Y Sam Luk
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
Y So Enuol
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Sor Hra
Kept totally 3 elephants
, 1 present (0,1)2 births0 relocated2 deathsprivateKrong Na commune, Buon Don DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Tep Budam
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Na commune, Buon Don DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Then Eban (Ay Be)
Kept totally 0 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Na communeBuon Don District, Dak Lak Province
Y Thiem Bya
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivateBuon Ma ThuotDak Lak
Y Thok
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivate
Y Thok Knul (Y Tok)
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivateKrong Na commune, Buon Don DistrictDak Lak Province
Y Tung Nie
Kept totally 1 elephants
, 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Na commune, Buon Don DistrictDak Lak Province

Elephants born in Vietnam without specified birth location

1 elephants with records of Vietnam as birth or capture country.

NameSpeciesSexOriginBirthAgeCapturePresent locationDeath date
+ BoksalEMMwild0Kharkiv Zoo (Kharkov Zoo)


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