Bak Mai an Asian elephant at Airavata Elephant Foundation

 ☨ ♂ Bak Mai  
Bak Mai in August 2019. Photo: Dan Koehl
Bak Mai in August 2019. Photo: Dan Koehl

Alternative name:Bakmai
Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Subspecies: Elephas maximus indicus
Sex and age:Male ♂
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People killed:2: 1 (2??) 2016-09-19; killed his owner Mob Sreng, 45, goring him with his tusks, at Bousraa Waterfall,, Mondulkiri, Cambodia.
Born:* unknown
Birth place: in Cambodia unspecified location
Dead date: 2020-05-22
Death reason: disease: Poisoned? collapsed, urine in blood, diarrhea
Present / last location:Airavata Elephant Foundation, in Cambodia

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2016-12-00Airavata Elephant Foundation
from Poulong elephant village
Poulong elephant village
from Mob Sreng
Mob Sreng
from Mondulkiri province unspecified location
Mondulkiri province unspecified location
from Cambodia unspecified location

Document updated2011-12-25: new record
2016-12-02: transfer
2018-04-24: corrected sex, selling price, mankiller
2020-03-19: claimed to have killed a boy?
2020-05-22: reported dead
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† Bak Mai is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant, (Elephas maximus), who died at Airavata Elephant Foundation, in Cambodia, of disease in 2020-05-22. Official death reason described as Poisoned? collapsed, urine in blood, diarrhea. (see detailed list).


Bak Mai was born unknown at Cambodia unspecified location.

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2016-09-19: Killed his owner Mob Sreng, 45, Sre Ampoum commune, in Pech Chreada district, Mondulkiri province, by reportedly goring him with his tusks.

After the September death of Mai’s older owner, the family of the man had wanted the elephant shot and its tusks sold for ivory, but police refused to shoot the elephant and the family agreed to sell the elephant to Airavata in Ratanakkiri province for $11,500.

In Ratanakiri, Bak Mai became rehabilitated, formed a nice relation with his new mahout Phlal, and soon became the favourite by his owner and visiting tourists, because of his nice character.

In February 2020 he mated the female Ikeo and showed hispotential as future breeder of younger fertile females.

2020-03-14: Blaimed by his mahout to have killed his mahouts nephew Heak Bio, 10, from Lum Phat district, Ratanakiri province. The boy died later in hospital. Later examination of the boys body gave indications he may have not been killed by the elephant, but in motorbike accident, and the blame of the elephant could be a cover up.

2020-05-21: In the morning Bakmai collapsed, after being taken to the nearby river for drinking, with blood in the urine, and diarrhea. Efforts were made during the day to rise him up with a winch, but he collapsed again. Intentional poisoning by humans can not be excluded.

2020-05-22: died at 1.30

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Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2020). Bak Mai, an Asian at Airavata Elephant Foundation in Cambodia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 26 January 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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