Our Herd | Phangan Elephant Sanctuary
Meet Grandma Meeboon at Phangan Elephant Sanctuary! She’s had a tough life, as she’s spent most of it being ridden by tourists. When the COVID situation hit, she was given a break from this exhausting work, but unfortunately it actually caused some problems for her.
You see, when she doesn’t have a job, she doesn’t receive the same level of care, and she often doesn’t have enough food. Plus, she’s often chained up and unable to move around as much as she’d like. It’s almost like she’s been imprisoned for the past three years or more!
All of this has really taken a toll on her health. Her legs have become weak, and she has trouble laying down to sleep. We want to give Grandma Meeboon the care and love she deserves, so she can live out her golden years in peace and comfort.
✝ Died in July 2023 You will remain in memory & in our hearts
Let us introduce you to Grandma Jai Dee! Despite her calm demeanor and friendly appearance, she’s always ready to defend herself if another elephant comes too close. It’s not often that we see an elephant who’s accepting of its female mahout, but Grandma Jai Dee had a special bond with her old mahout – an old woman close to her own age.
Even in her old age, Grandma Jai Dee was still working in the trekking industry until we came to help her. Unfortunately, she lost all of her teeth many years ago, which has made it difficult for her to eat regular food. That’s why we have to prepare special food for her – we grind it up so it’s fine and soft, making it easier for her to chew.
We’re committed to making sure that Grandma Jai Dee has the best possible care during her golden years.
This is our rescued Yin Dee.
Her previous residence was the Riding Camp in Pattaya. We are overjoyed that she can now live her life in freedom at our Phangan Elephant Sanctuary. She is about 50 years old and therefore our third grandma in the bunch.