Mae Bounmy Nyai

History: This elephant was a part of the herd rescued by the government from an illegal trade with a middle-eastern zoo. The plane was ready to transport the 13 elephants that were already at Vientiane International Airport when the order from the Prime Minister’s office came through. He enforced that the sale was illegal under Lao law for the first time in history. Originally trained to perform degrading circus tricks, she will now enjoy her life among our existing herd at the ECC. All 13 rescued elephants are now free from abuse and out of the hands of illegal traders! The government made the final decision to send these elephants to the ECC. They considered the Center to be the only place in Laos offering adequate conditions for this endangered species through the delivery of a unique welfare and conservation programme. Through the ECC’s breeding programme our hope is that these elephants will contribute to the regeneration of the declining elephant population in Laos.

Distinguishing features: Unique way of staring at other creatures.

Personality traits: She likes to be around other elephants but also needs her own space and to spend time alone.

Maternity: 1 calf

  • Gender: Female
  • Year of birth: 1979
  • Arrived at the ECC: 2018
  • Weight (2019): 2228 kg
Mae Bounmy Nyai