Mew Salangam elephants in Thailand

Mew Salangam
Photo: © Dan Koehl, 2011
Photo: © Dan Koehl, 2011


Closed down2019
Address Ban Ta Klang, Krapho
Place Tatum
Region Surin
Country Thailand


Key People -2019: Mew Salangam (elephant owner)


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Mew Salangam elephants, is a private elephant owner, living in Ban Ta Klang, Krapho in Tatum, Thailand , was born in 1926.
Mew Salangam elephants died in 2019.

Comments / pictures2011: Mew Salangam was born 1926 in the Kuy village of Ban Ta Klang. His father had 5 elephants, which he started to work with, when he was 10 years old. After his fathers death, being the only son, he inherited those elephants, and caught another 5 for himself. Altogether he has caught 50-60 elephants, the last catch was about 40 years ago. Now 85 years, he is one of the five oldest Mor Chang (highranked elephant trainers) of Kui tribe, having the rank Sadam.

His last 2 elephants were passed to his sons, Oun is staying with his son Lo Salangam in Chiang Rai, and the second son is staying with the elephant Doeng Raw in Pattaya.

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Koehl, Dan (2024). Mew Salangam, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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