Elephant locations in Bhutan

2 locations has kept elephants in Bhutan

There is presently 3 (1,1) living elephants in locations in Bhutan (in this database)

Region: Bhutan is in this database included in asiaOther regions
Wild elephants:

Bhutan has about 678wild elephants. Source:Second edition of the National Elephant Survey. The Department of Forest and Park Services (DoFPS) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conducted the survey.

Location holdings:

2 location has kept 3 elephants in Bhutan

(Database tables with collection of elephants further down on the page)

Elephants in locations3 (1,1) living0 (0,0) dead
Sex ratio and
 Male  1 / 3 
 Female  1 / 3 
 Free contact  3 / 3 
 Protected contact  0 / 3  0%
 No contact  0 / 3  0%
 Unknown contact  0 / 3  0%
 wild  0 / 3  0%

2018: Bhutan has 678 elephants, an increase from 513 elephants in 2011. This is according to the second edition of the National Elephant Survey. The report was launched yesterday in Sarpang coinciding with the World Elephant Day. The Department of Forest and Park Services (DoFPS) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF) conducted the survey.

2011: 513 (400-600). Confined to southern plains and foothills elephants are mostly seasonal migrants, crossing to Bhutan to escape Indias monsoons, and migrating back to India in summer. Source: Jigme & Williams (2011)

2010: A study conducted in 2010 in Samtse, Sarpang and Phipsoo estimates about 110 elephants in Samtse and 380 in Sarpang and Phipsoo wildlife sanctuary.

1996: 400-600 (Sukumar) earlier 50-10 (Santiapillai, IUCN 1996)

Sources, among others

Internal relevant links

NameElephant collectionTypePlaceRegion
King Jigme Dorji Wangchuck
Kept totally 2 elephants
, 0 present (0,0)0 births2 relocated0 deathsprivateThimphu
Serbithang Royal Botanic Garden
Kept totally 3 elephants
, 3 present (1,1)0 births0 relocated0 deathszooThimphu

Elephants born in Bhutan without specified birth location

4 elephants with records of Bhutan as birth or capture country.

NameSpeciesSexOriginBirthAgeCapturePresent locationDeath date
LizEMFwild196454Wildlife Safari
+ ScoutEMFwild19713San Diego Safari Park (San Diego Wild Animal Park)1974-07-07
+ Chhukha (Chukkh)EMF1967-09-0139Zurich Zoo2006-03-20
+ DrukEMFwild1967-04-0149Zurich Zoo2016-05-03
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