Plai Klao an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Ayutthaya Royal Elephant Kraal

☨ Plai Klao
ID nr:
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂
Dead date: 2014-07-11
Death reason: poached: poisoned and killed for his tusks
Location:Ayutthaya Royal Elephant Kraal
ArrivalAyutthaya Royal Elephant Kraal
Born:* unknown
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 2 babies

  1. (F) 2000-02-19 Phetmanee, Local nr: 1
  2. (M) 2002-06-19 Noppakhao, Local nr: 5
Document updated2016-04-27: dead
During the early hours of Friday 11 July 2014, Plai Klow was poisoned and killed for his tusks.. Pi Paan his mahout for many years found him, devastated by what he had seen. Police, the military and government officials were all there and determined to find out who had done this awful act. Bananas were beside his body and taken for testing to determine the poison. A suspect was taken in for questioning but soon released.

On Thursday 17 July 2014, the news came that three of the criminals had been arrested. Later that day the police held a press conference to announce the arrest of the three criminals and Plai Klow's tusks had been recovered. Police are hoping this arrest will lead to the organisation the men were working for.

"The suspects were identified as former teacher Panya Srijamdee aged 60, Manot Dokmaikeaw, aged 23, and Narongdej Srijamdee, aged 32. The three are from Suphan Buri province, Pol Maj Gen Sriwara Rungsipharmnakul, acting commissioner of Provincial Police Bureau 1 said. The suspects were caught in different locations. Mr Panya was apprehended at his house in Doembang Nangbuat district of Suphan Buri; Mr Manot at a constructionsite in Ayutthaya’s Uthai district; and Mr Narongdej at his wife’s house in Rayong province." (

Panya Srijamdee was the one who masterminded this tragic event. He injected the poison into the bananas that were given to Plai Klow. Narongdej Srijamdee, son of Panya was the one to saw off Klow's tusks with the help of Manot Dokmaikeaw who also was the driver of the truck. They drove back to Suphan Buri where they hid the tusks.

Friday, 18 July 2014, the arrested murderers were brought to the scene of the crime to step through how they did the brutal crime. This is part of police investigations that adds evidence to their confessions.

Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Plai Klao, an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at Ayutthaya Royal Elephant Kraal in Thailand. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 October 2020 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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