Hope (Yod Doi) an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Elephant Nature Park (Sangduen Chailert)

Male ♂ Asian elephant (<em>Elephas maximus</em>) Hope (Yod Doi) at Elephant Nature Park (Sangduen Chailert)

Hope after his tusks were removed.
Hope (Yod Doi)
ID nr:
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ 20 years old
Management:unknown
People killed:1: Karen mahout Mr Kopa Charoenchai-olarn, aged 58
Location:Elephant Nature Park (Sangduen Chailert)
ArrivalElephant Nature Park (Sangduen Chailert)
from Elephant Heaven Nature Park (Sangduen Chailert)
Elephant Heaven Nature Park (Sangduen Chailert) 2002-03-26
from Karen unspecified hilltribe family
Born:* 2000-08-00 captive-born
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 1 babies

  1. (M) 2012-10-28 Navann (Navaan)
Document updated2013-05-13: prev loc
2013-05-14: picture
2013-05-15: contradictory records
2018-04-26: father to Navan?
2018-12-28: Mankiller
His Thai name, Yod Doi is northern Thai for "top of the mountain."
2002-03: arrived 2002-03 as orphan, came from karen owner in Huay Pak Kood

Something happend with his tusks?

ENP writes on their Facebook: "he broke off his tushes so many times in wrestling sessions with bigger eles that the nerves died and they don't grow any more..”"

Hope knows no fear and his energy is boundless. He bounces around the park teasing other elephants and causing much amusement to the visitors and staff alike. He is often pushed away by the females who fear his uninvited attention causing them to become very protective of the babies within their family group

2016: He is a father of the charming boy-Navann-and is now living in a large enclosure where he can be roam free.

Contradictory records:

Appearently, after attacking someone, he was secretly removed from the ENP camp and sold. It is believed that he is not longer living: Hope is dead.


I was reading through your website and came across incorrect information that you need to update. Hope ( Yod Doi) is healthy, happy and very much alive. I had the pleasure of spending time with him last month.
As for his tusks, he never had any.



2018-12-28 Hope killed the mahout Kopa Charoenchai-olarn, Karen ethnicity, aged 58. He was from Moo 5, Tambon U Kaw Luang, Khun Yuam District, Mae Hong Son Province.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Hope (Yod Doi), an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Elephant Nature Park (Sangduen Chailert) in Thailand. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=1231. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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