History: Suriya came from Ban Vieng Keo, Hongsa. Suriya was one month old when he arrived at the ECC with his mother Mae Ven. The name “Suriya” (“sun ray”) has been chosen when he was 3 years old by picking up sugarcane bearing this name amongst 3 different ones. At the same age, Suriya has been the first captive elephant in Lao PDR being educated by the technique named “positive reinforcement”. He is still learning with his mahouts and can be a bit naughty on occasions. He was the first calf to be integrated into the herding area. Now that Suriya is growing up in an elephant herd he has many females that can take care of him, so he can spend a lot of time either with his mother Mae Ven or with the other elephants who act as aunties. In the near future, Suriya will start to spend time with other males, so they can teach him male specific behaviours, which would be extremely important for his development as a male elephant.
Distinguishing features: small tusks, athletic body, grey skin with no freckles
Personality traits: Suriya loves playing with the two other juveniles Dor Khoun Meuang and Noy. He is very curious, social and fearless.
Paternity: not yet!
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