Elephants at temple locations in Vietnam

Sorry, no records of temple elephants in Vietnam.

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85 locations has kept elephants in Vietnam

There is presently 163 (25,43) living elephants in 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:

85 locations has kept 223 elephants in Vietnam

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

Elephants in locations163 (25,43) living60 (16,14) dead
Sex ratio and
Management:
 Male  25 / 163 
 15%
 Female  43 / 163 
 26%
 Free contact  82 / 163 
 50%
 Protected contact  0 / 163  0%
 No contact  1 / 163 
 1%
 Unknown contact  1 / 163 
 1%
 wild  79 / 163 
 48%

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

  • Current status of Asian elephants in Vietnam, by Cao Thi Ly, http://www.asesg.org/gajah35.htm">Gajah nr 35, 2012. (Journal of the IUCN/SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group)

Internal relevant links

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  • News about elephants in Vietnam (From the sister site Elephant News)
  • 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 Eco Tourism Company
    Kept totally 9 elephants
    , 6 present (2,4)1 births1 relocated2 deathscampKrong Na communeBuon Don District, Dak Lak Province
    Buon Don tour company
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated2 deathscampKrong Na commune, Buon Don DistrictDak Lak Province
    Buon Don Tourist Centre
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 3 present (1,2)0 births0 relocated1 deathscampKrong Na commune, 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
    Cat Tien National Park
    Kept totally 18 elephants
    , 7 present (0,0)1 births4 relocated7 deathswildDong Nai Province
    Chu Pah forestry company
    Kept totally 5 elephants
    , 5 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathswild
    Circus Hoang Nam
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathscircus
    Dai Nam Open Zoo
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 2 present (1,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathszooHo Chi Minh City
    Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Centre (ECC )
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 3 present (1,2)0 births0 relocated0 deathssanctuaryKrong Na commune
    (map)
    Buon Don DistrictDak Lak ProvinceVietnam Western Higlands
    Dak Lak province unspecified camp
    Kept totally 13 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births9 relocated4 deathscamp
    (map)
    Dak Lak
    Dak Nong province unspecified camp
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births4 relocated0 deathscampGia Nghĩa
    (map)
    Central Highlands
    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
    Dong Nai province
    Kept totally 10 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)9 births7 relocated3 deathswildDong Nai
    (map)
    Dong Nai Province
    Ea H Mo and Ya Lop enterprises
    Kept totally 24 elephants
    , 24 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathswildEa Sup DistrictDak Lak 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
    Gia Lai province unspecified camp
    Kept totally 6 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births6 relocated0 deathscampPleiku
    (map)
    Central Highlands
    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
    Hanoi Zoo
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated2 deathszooHanoi
    (map)
    HCM City Circus Troupe
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathscircusHo Chi Minh city
    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
    Lak Lake Travel Co
    Kept totally 5 elephants
    , 5 present (1,4)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampLak DistrictDak Lak Province
    Le Van Quyet
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 2 present (1,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateLak DistrictDak Lak Province
    Mount Elephant elephant camp
    Kept totally 9 elephants
    , 6 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated3 deathscampDa LatLam Dong
    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
    Nghe An province
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)1 births0 relocated1 deathswildVinhNorth Central Coast
    Ngo Dinh Diem
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated1 deathsprivate
    Prenn Waterfall elephant camp
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 3 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampDalat
    R’leo Knul
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathsprivateKrong Na communeBuon Don District, Dak Lak Province
    Saigon Circus
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathscircusHo Chi Minh city
    Saigon Zoo (Ho Chi Minh Zoo)
    Kept totally 23 elephants
    , 6 present (1,5)0 births15 relocated2 deathszooHo Chi Minh City
    Sao Mai Circus
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 1 present (0,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathscircusHai Duong
    Tanh Linh National park
    Kept totally 9 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births6 relocated3 deathswildTanh Linh DistrictBình Thuận 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
    Viet Cong elephant camp (NLF)
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathscamp
    Vietnam Circus Federation
    Kept totally 7 elephants
    , 4 present (0,4)0 births2 relocated1 deathscircus
    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
    Yok Don National Park
    Kept totally 65 elephants
    , 43 present (0,0)59 births11 relocated11 deathswildKrong Na commune, Buon Don District
    (map)
    Dak Lak Province
    Yok Don National Park elephant camp
    Kept totally 14 elephants
    , 5 present (3,2)0 births5 relocated4 deathscampBuon Don district
    (map)
    Dak Lak

    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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