Project Description

Khan Kluey

Age : 10 +
Arrival at WFFT : October 2008 from the streets of Cha-am.
Working History : Circus, Street begging.
Khan Kluey was born in captivity at an elephant camp. At only a year old he was torn away from his mother and put through the Phajaan, which is outrageously young. He was then taken by his new mahout captors and forced to perform tricks and beg for food to make money from tourists on the city streets. Khan Kluey was found by WFFT in 2008 on the streets of Cha-am.
Temperament : Adolescent, young male, clever, quick learner which makes for a DANGEROUS combination.
Distinguishing physical features :

  • Smooth skin apart from a few scars
  • Healthy, full bodied
  • Wide eyes, can see white rim around iris
  • His multiple scars throughout his body are from where he has been prodded with a sharp stick to “train” him. His tusks have been broken off in his attempts to break free from the chains.

Characteristics :
Khan Kluey is very playful. He loves to play in the lake with balls or swim for corn which has been thrown in to the water. Sometimes he will ‘beg’ for food by rocking back and forth (dancing) and then bowing, please do not reward this behaviour with food. Khan Kluey is dangerous, so be very cautious around his enclosure. Do not get too close to the fence as he may try to drag you into the enclosure with his trunk. He is very intelligent, and has little fear of humans like other captive elephants.

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Khan Kluey’s Story

May 2016

August 2015

Khan Kluey and Somboon move!

By | August 21st, 2015|

A safe haven for Khan Kluey. Little boys get big they say when a child grows up… But for Khan Kloey, the only bull elephant at WFFT this surely is more than true. He is [...]

June 2015

Bull elephant enclosure almost finished at WFFT

By | June 14th, 2015|

A first in Indo-china! It will be only a few days until we finalise the bull elephant enclosure at WFFT in Thailand! After 5 months of construction Khan Kluey can soon move in with Somboon [...]

July 2013

Enrichments and fun for Khan Kluey

By | July 26th, 2013|

Lately our volunteers have been making more enrichments for the elephants, and especially for the young bull “Khan Kluey” who has been living at WFFT for several years now. Khan Kluey loves to play with [...]

October 2008

Bull Calf Khan Kluey Arrives at WFFT

By | October 28th, 2008|

After Edwin returned from the fundraiser in Sydney, Australia organised by Joan Pearson we had a problem. Besides the funds raised to secure a large piece of land for the elephants where they can roam [...]