Mew Salangam , Kuy camp mahout in Thailand
Born 1926 in Thailand
dead 2019 in Thailand
Mew Salangam, was born 1926 in the village of Ban Ta Klang in Surin, Thailand.
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. His last two elephants were passed to his two sons, His last 2 elephants were passed to his sons, the female Oun is staying with his son Lo Salangam
in Chiang Rai, and the second son is staying with the elephant Doeng Raw in Pattaya.
Altogether he caught 50-60 elephants, the last catch was about 1970, 40 years ago.
At his death in 2019, he was one of the five oldest Mor Chang (highranked elephant trainers) of Kuy
tribe, having the rank Sadam.
Photo: © Dan Koehl,