Project Description

RIP Nam Phon

Age : 55+

Deceased : January 2017
Arrival at WFFT : 11th March 2016
Working History : Logging, Trekking

Temperament : Slow, easy-going – enjoys the company of both elephants and humans.
Distinguishing physical features :

  • Tall, well rounded back
  • Long head with a round top
  • Large ears, in good condition
  • Trimmed tail hairs
  • Slight pigmentation on her trunk and face

Nam Fon is our most recently-rescued elephant, and is actually a returning elephant, having been taken from the Elephant Refuge by her former owner six years ago. After negotiating with her owner for a long time, we were finally able to secure Nam Fon’s rescue from a trekking camp in Kanchanaburi in March. Upon arrival, she was immediately recognised by her old friends, Khan Kluey and Somboon. She appeared to be healthy, and was only kept in quarantine for one night before being introduced to our other elephants. Though she walked slowly and behind our volunteers all the way from the Elephant Hospital to the Wildlife Rescue Centre, she showed herself to be in good physical condition, and strong despite her age and years of exploitation in the trekking industry. She consistently shows a gentle, friendly temperament to both elephant and volunteers, finding a close friend in Jele and enjoying attention from the volunteers and visitors who come by her shared enclosure every day. Thank you again to all our supporters, we would not be able to do this without you.

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Nam Phon’s Story

January 2017

We say farewell to the beloved Nam Phon

By | January 7th, 2017|

Last night our dear old girl Nam Phon passed away at the ripe old age of 65. Born in the wild in the early 1960’s when the world looked very different to elephants, still having [...]

November 2016

Update – Nam Phon

By | November 10th, 2016|

Here are some more pictures of elephant Nam Phons little adventure yesterday at the WFFT Elephant Refuge - Thailand. We are all hoping this old girl will become stronger and be able to live many [...]

September 2016

Nam Phon goes for a Swim!!!

By | September 28th, 2016|

Here is Nam Phon during her daily walk and physiotherapy swimming session at the WFFT Elephant Hospital. See Nam Phon's full profile here http://www.thaielephantrefuge.org/WFFT-Elephants/nam-phon/

Elephant Nam Phon Update

By | September 14th, 2016|

As many of you will know have had a tough few weeks with one of our elderly rescued elephants, Nam Phon. She collapsed and was unable to stand for a period of days, we managed [...]

June 2016

Old Beauties Nam Phon and Jele are the Best of Friends

By | June 19th, 2016|

Old beauties Nam Phon and Jele have been forging a very strong bond over the past few months, check out these wonderful photos. Nam Fon returned to WFFT in March this year, read more about [...]

March 2016

She is here!!! Nam Fon Returns to WFFT

By | March 11th, 2016|

We have decided to transport Nam Fon the Asian elephant (elephas maximus) to WFFT but are still raising funds to permanently secure her future at the WFFT Elephant Refuge. Thank you for all the supporters [...]