Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia in Cambodia

♂ Kaavan

Alternative name: Kawan, Kaawan



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Subspecies: Elephas maximus maximus
Sex and age:Male ♂ 43 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1981 wild
Birth place: in Sri Lanka unspecified location
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia, in Cambodia

Date of arrival

2020-11-30Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia
from Islamabad Marghazar Zoo

1985-00-00Islamabad Marghazar Zoo
from Pinnawala elephant orphanage

Pinnawala elephant orphanage
from Sri Lanka unspecified location

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History of updates2020-11-18

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Kaavan is a living Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia, in Cambodia.

Kaavan arrived in 2020-11-30 to the Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia, relocated from the Islamabad Marghazar Zoo, in Pakistan.


Kaavan lives together with 3 other elephants at the Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia:

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Di-Poh
  2. Sarai-Mia
  3. Srey Ian


Kaavan was born wild 1981 at Sri Lanka unspecified location.

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2020-05-23: A Pakistani elephant named Kaavan will soon be set free into the wild after a long campaign by iconic entertainer Cher and a court ruling that said it should be released from a zoo in Islamabad.

2020-09-21: The expert committee formed to assist the government to shift the zoo animals, following Islamabad High Court (IHC) orders, has some reservations.“One of the experts in the committee advises against shifting the elephant to Cambodia. “He fears that Kaavan might not survive the journey, and even if it does, it will be isolated in the new home.” The government is also considering the suggestion of improving the existing living conditions for Kaavan to international standards, expanding the enclosure, and introducing other animals into the bigger space to give it company in consultation with international experts.

Kaavan on elephant-news.com

Kaavan is mentioned on Elephant News:

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Pakistan's lone elephant prepared for move to cambodia - Elephant News
2016-11-28 No arrangements for kaavan during winter - Elephant News
2020-09-21 Govt undecided about two bears, lone elephant in islamabad’s zoo - Elephant News

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Koehl, Dan, (2024). Kaavan, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Elephant Sanctuary Cambodia in Cambodia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 22 July 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=2269. (archived at the Wayback machine)

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