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 vast swathes of suitable habitat and a population of around 50,000 in Thailand alone. She was captured as a young calf and sold into the logging industry where she spent decades being forced to destroy her own habitat, during this time it is likely that she gave birth to her own calves which were subsequently taken from her. In the late eighties a complete ban on all commercial logging meant that the logging elephants were left without work, they were often forced to walk the streets and beg for food. As we entered the 21st century the tourist numbers grew, resulting in a higher demand for elephant back rides, this being where Nam Phon spent most of the last 30 years of her life, being moved from camp to camp, giving rides to tourists until she could no more, this is when she returned to us in March last year. You can read more of her story here http://bit.ly/2iOwGeI.