Khem Kepal

From the list of elephant persons Family: Theo

Khem Kepal
Khem  Theo
Khem kepal and Dan Koehl working the elephant Khamsen. Photo: Pierre-Yves Clais, 2021
Personal details

Spouse(s) Kahi Palet

Country Cambodia

Title mahout 2018
Location at Airavata Elephant Foundation in Cambodia

Title mahout 1997-2015
Location at Rumpe Lech village in Cambodia

Biography details

Khem Kepal Theo , Brao camp mahout in Cambodia

Born 1982 , son of elephant owner Kepal Theo and wife Anhaeng Heng .

Affiliation with 1 elephants

1: Khamsen (from 1997 to now)

Khem has 3 children, 1 son and two daughters. Kehem Kepal is his younger brother, who also work as Mahout for Airavata Foundation in Ratanakiri, Cambodia.

Khem worked with the Asian elephant bull Kamsen from the age of 15, and he previously owned the elephants Ikoum, Itou, Itao, Kamplah and Iplah who is now in Siem Reap.

He enjoys drinking with his friends, working, fishing and gathering food in the forest.


Siblings through the father Kepal Theo (? -- ):

  1. Kehem Theo Born 1988
  2. Kasim Theo Born 2000

Khem Kepal s ancestral Ahnentafel:


Khem Kepal
Born: 1982

Kepal Theo

Born: ?

Paternal Grandfather:
Theo Theo

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Koel Oy

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Anhaeng Heng


Maternal Grandfather:
Heng Heng

Born: ?
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Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). mahout Khem Kepal Theo in Cambodia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 20 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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