Mae Bounthem
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Elephant village (Tiger trails, XL camp) in Laos

♀ Mae Bounthem



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 21 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 2001 captive-born
Birth place:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Elephant village (Tiger trails, XL camp), in Laos

Date of arrival

2012-00-00Elephant village (Tiger trails, XL camp)
from Laos unspecified location

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History of updates2013-04-20: 

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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Mae Bounthem is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Elephant village (Tiger trails, XL camp), in Laos.

Bounthem arrived in 2012-00-00 to the Elephant village (Tiger trails, XL camp), relocated from the Laos unspecified location, in Laos.

Bounthem lives together with 13 other elephants at the Elephant village (Tiger trails, XL camp):
  1. 1. ♀ Mae Bong born 1967
  2. 2. ⚪ Mae Buakham born 1973
  3. 3. ♀ Mae Kham born 1963
  4. 4. ♀ Kham Khoune
  5. 5. ♀ Mae Khamheuang born 1982
  6. 6. ⚪ Mae Khammang born 1980
  7. 7. ♀ Mae Khampang born 1976
  8. 8. ♀ Mae Kong Ngeun (Kongngeung)
  9. 9. ♀ Mae Bounnam born 1959
  10. 10. ♀ Mae Cot born >1948
  11. 11. ⚪ Maxi born 2013-05-23
  12. 12. ♀ Mae San born 1978
  13. 13. ♀ Mae Uak born 1965

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Mae is a prefix name, used in Burma, Laos and Thailand for female elephants, often for females who had babies. (Mae means mother)

Mae Bounthem was born captive-born 2001.

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2001: Born in Sayaboury town, Sayaboury province, in 2001. Her Mahout is called Mr. Vail (born 1976), who is also the rightful owner. Mr. Vail has been the Mahout of Mae Bounthem’s mother before; after the mother was sold to another camp he became the Mahout of Mae Bounthem. The elephant has actually never worked in the logging; however she has received training for dancing and other circus performances from a Chinese trainer before.

2012: She was to be send to a Chinese Circus, however it luckily never worked out and she arrived at Elephant Village in 2012.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Mae Bounthem, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Elephant village (Tiger trails, XL camp) in Laos. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 16 August 2022 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Michael Roerig, Elephant Village, Luang Prabang, Laos.

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