Project Description

Boon Chuey

Age : 50+
Arrival at WFFT : 1st May 2014 from beach resort elephant tourist camp in Pattaya
Working History : Logging, Trekking, Street Begging
She began her days working on the streets of Bangkok and then travelled to Pattaya where she would take groups of tourists on treks every day. Boon Chuey was even forced to work on the morning of her rescue.
Temperament : Inquisitive, food orientated, dominant, temperamental
Distinguishing physical features :

  • Large bodied, healthy
  • Large head in comparison with body
  • Many scars on trunk from working days

Boon Chuey is a very healthy elephant with full ears and a large body. She is very fast and will run to the promise of treats.
Characteristics : As one of the larger elephants at the centre, Boon Chuey towers over the volunteers. She is very inquisitive, following volunteers around in search of food. She enjoys foraging through the trees and swimming in her lake when she thinks no one is watching. Her love for food is very obvious as she runs to the sound of banana trees being chopped. Boon Chuey loves to scratch herself against the trees in her enclosure and will carry a branch around to swat away the flies. She can also be tempermental and dominant, so be extra cautious with her.

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Boon Chuey’s Story

October 2017

Some Exciting Enrichments for the WFFT Elephants!!

By | October 15th, 2017|

Lately, the WFFT Elephant Refuge Volunteers and Staff have been pretty busy bringing some new fun to our pachyderm residents. All around the refuge new enrichments have popped up in elephant enclosures. It's hard hot [...]

March 2017

Dao Rueng and Boon Chuey

By | March 17th, 2017|

Take a look at the delightful Dao Rueng and boisterous Boon Chuey enjoying a dusty dust bath yesterday. See their stories here - Dao Rueng - www.thaielephantrefuge.org/WFFT-Elephants/daorueng/ Boon Chuey - www.thaielephantrefuge.org/WFFT-Elephants/boonchuey/  

May 2014

Boon Chuey settling in at WFFT

By | May 7th, 2014|

Remember “Boon Chuey”, the elephant that was rescued 10 days ago from the elephant camp in Pattaya? (see photo). Well, Boon Chuey is doing well at WFFT now, after a long trip on the back [...]

Boon Chuey retires from tourism

By | May 2nd, 2014|

To the rescue and retirement of a gentle giant. Boon Chuey is just over 50 years old and has ben working on the streets of Thailand and tourist elephant camps for several years. Yesterday was [...]