History: Mae Boun Nam was born in Ban Namon Village, Thongmixay District, Sayaboury Province where she lived with her mum, Mae Thong, and her mahout’s family. Mae Thong had 3 calves, 2 females and 1 male named Phai Kham Sing who also lives at the ECC. At the age of 11, Mae Boun Nam started working in a village, located within the Hongsa District, transporting tourists during forest treks. Thankfully, she was never employed in the logging industry due to her young age. Mae Boun Nam has had 3 pregnancies, but they don’t all have happy endings. Her first pregnancy was a success; the male calf was born healthy and at the age of 4, he was sold in Luang Prabang district. He now lives at the ECC. The second and the third pregnancy were more dramatic. During her second pregnancy, when she was 15 months pregnant, she broke her chain and escaped to eat the crops of one of the neighbour farmers. Sadly, the farmer was so afraid of her that he shot her in the belly and she lost her calf. The third pregnancy was in 2013 but unfortunately her baby was stillborn. Mae Boun Nam in Currently part of the ECC breeding program.
Mae Boun Nam
Distinguishing features: small in size, many pink freckles on top of the eyes, at the base of the trunk and in the tip of ears, scar on the right side of her body, both her tushes are broken, wrinkles on the face and around the eyes, very long and hairy tail
Personality traits: Mae Boun Nam is very friendly, social, maternal and curious elephant. She loves to play and swim in the water. She also enjoys socializing with the other elephants. Her motivation is food and for these reasons, she is the best elephant at completing the Enrichment activities. She is compliant during target training.
Maternity: 3 calves, only 1 survived
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