Project Description


Age : 55 +
Arrival at WFFT : December 2012 elephant camp in Pattaya.
Working History : Logging, Trekking.
Duenphen is between 55-60 years old, having been captured from the wild at around 2 years of age, which at the time was not unusual, although still illegal. She has spent the last 40 years of her life working mainly at an elephant camp entertaining tourists with tricks. She performed trick on the morning of her rescue.
Temperament : Loner, lowest ranked in Newlands herd, dominant over new elephants, temperamental to people.
Distinguishing physical features :

  • Quite small ears compared to head and body
  • Dry, scarred skin on back from years of wearing saddle
  • Missing half tail

Characteristics :
Duenphen likes going on a walk, eating different kinds of trees in the forest, and having a bath in the lake. She also likes to wander around her large enclosure and enjoys her banana balls. She can appear a little withdrawn at times and does not seem to enjoy human attention and tends to prefer her own company. She is potentially dangerous and her mood can be a little unpredictable so volunteers should show caution when near her in the enclosure.

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Duenphen’s Story

October 2017

A big Happy Hello from 3 of our Ele Residents

By | October 5th, 2017|

A big Happy Hello from 3 of our ele residents at the WFFT Elephant Refuge - Thailand - Duen Phen, Nam Fon and See Puak.

November 2016

The Delightful Duen Phen

By | November 26th, 2016|

The delightful Duen Phen enjoying a cooling shower at the WFFT Elephant Refuge - Thailand Why not help us help more elephants like Duen Phen, See how here See her history at [...]

June 2016

WFFT Elephants Wild Enclosure – Nam Phon, See Puak and Duen Phen

By | June 26th, 2016|

Check out these wonderful images of some of our rescued pachyderm residents, Duen Phen, Nam Fon, and See Puak. They spend their days and nights chain free doing what they want to do, roming their [...]

April 2016

Duen Pen (Full Moon) has been with us for 4 years today!!!

By | April 29th, 2016|

The very special old lady Duen Pen (Full Moon) has been with us at the WFFT Elephant Refuge - Thailand for 4 years today!!! She spends her days roaming around her large forested enclosure with her friends [...]

January 2014

Opening Ceremony WFFT Elephant Wild Enclosure

By | January 18th, 2014|

Elephants getting their own forest!. Our Elephant Wild Enclosure has been officially opened; 5 hectares of forest for some of our rescued elephants to freely roam in. The main donors from Australia; Joan Pearson & [...]

March 2012

Will Duen Pen the elephant to retire soon?

By | March 24th, 2012|

Meet Duen Pen, an approximately 50 year elephant that has worked for the last 25 years at elephant tourist camps. Duen Pen is currently receiving a health screening as she has fallen sick lately but [...]