Mae Buakham at Elephant village (Tiger trails, XL camp)

Mae Buakham
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Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age: 45 years old
Management:Free contact
Location:Elephant village (Tiger trails, XL camp)
ArrivedElephant village (Tiger trails, XL camp) 2009-10-00
from Laos unspecified location
Laos unspecified location
from Laos unspecified location
Born:1973 in
Hongsa unspecified location
Document updated2013-04-20: 

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

1973: Born in Hongsa district, Sayaboury province, in 1973. Her Mahout is called Mr. Phaeng (born 1968), who is also the rightful owner. Mae Buakham’s mother also gave birth to another baby girl, a few years after Mae Buakhams birth. Since childhood Mae Buakham had to work hard in the logging industry before she started to work with tourist in 2005 at another Elephant Camp.

2002: In 2002 Mae Buakham and Mr. Phaeng participated in a 100 days Elephant Caravan tour, which went from Hongsa (Sayaboury Province) to Pakze (Champasak Province) and back again. The caravan crossed 11 provinces and they walked around 20 km each day. This caravan was organized by the Lao Government in cooperation with Elephant Asia Organization in order to raise awareness of endangered Asian Elephants.

2009: In October 2009, she finally started to work in our Elephant Village.

Sources, among others

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

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