Pang Yo
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Rajamangala University of Technology in Thailand

♀ Pang Yo

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Alternative name: Nampetch



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Subspecies: Elephas maximus indicus
Sex and age:Female ♀
Management:Free contact
Born:* unknown
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Rajamangala University of Technology, in Thailand

Date of arrival

2021-09-25Rajamangala University of Technology
from Chob Riang-ngern

2021-09-00Chob Riang-ngern
from Amazing Bukit Safari

Amazing Bukit Safari
from Thailand unspecified location

Thailand unspecified location
from Krabi province unspecified location

2003-00-00Krabi province unspecified location
from Raewat Chernkaew

2003-01-25Raewat Chernkaew 2003-01-25
from Chob Riang-ngern

Chob Riang-ngern
from Thailand unspecified location

Record history
History of updates2021-10-03

Latest document update2021-10-03 13:24:50
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Pang Yo is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Rajamangala University of Technology, in Thailand.

Yo arrived in 2021-09-25 to the Rajamangala University of Technology, relocated from the Chob Riang-ngern, in Thailand.

In Rajamangala University of Technology, Pang Yo lives as single living elephant at this location


Pang is a prefix name, used in Thailand for female elephants.

Pang Yo was born unknown at Asia unspecified location.

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2003-01-25: Pang Yo was stolen from Chob Riang-ngern on Jan 25, 2003.

Ownership of Pang Yo led to an arduous court battle that finally ended on Wednesday when the Supreme Court ordered the elephant be returned to its rightful owner.

2017-08-01: “We are waiting for the documents of evidence for the investigation before sending the case to court,” said Lt Col Winai Poonsawat, deputy chief of the Ao Nang police in Krabi province. We are waiting for the documents of evidence for the investigation before sending the case to court,” said Lt Col Winai Poonsawat, deputy chief of the Ao Nang police in Krabi province.

“The case still hasn’t gone to court so we still don’t know who is the rightful owner. However, I can confirm that we have charged Raewat Chernkaew, the man who sold the elephant to the camp, with Group theft at night using a vehicle,” said Lt Col Winai.

2017-03-24: On March 24, Cdr Surasak Inphrom of the Royal Thai Navy Third Area Command in Phang Nga together with fellow Navy officers and the brother of the owner of a female elephant named “Yo” went to Chalong Police Station to file a report stating that an elephant at an elephant camp in Chalong is an elephant which was stolen from Krabi 14 years ago.

The report was filed after Mr Somsak Reangngern, 35, Yo’s Mahout and the younger brother of the owner got sent a photo of an elephant being kept at the Chalong elephant camp which he was sure was Yo.

Subsequently sold to an elephant camp in Phuket for B1.4 million. While the custody battle was fought in court, Pang Yo was kept at the Amazing Bukit Safari Camp in Chalong, where before the COVID pandemic she worked providing tourist rides.

2021-09-00: After a 25-hour journey by road, Pang Yo arrived back in Surin to a joyful reunion with Mr Chob, who said the elephant will not be used as a beast of burden. Pang Yo has been moved to an elephant study centre on the Surin campus of Rajamangala University of Technology. It will be her permanent home where she will be a living example for the study of elephants.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2023). Pang Yo, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Rajamangala University of Technology in Thailand. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 9 December 2023 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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