Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Tong Bai at Way Kambas Elephant Training Center (PLG)

 ☨ ♂ Tong Bai  



Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂ < 1, unknown age
Born:* wild
Birth place:
Death reason: killed: by wild bull
Total: 2 babies

1. Born 1991 Bani

2. Born 1992? unknown
Present / last location:Way Kambas Elephant Training Center (PLG), in Indonesia

Date of Arrival
(Presently sometimes errors!)

1985-00-00Way Kambas Elephant Training Center (PLG)
from Lampang Young Elephant Training Center

Document updated2018-04-05: new record, dead?
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† Tong Bai is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died at Way Kambas Elephant Training Center (PLG), in Indonesia, from killed . Official death reason described as by wild bull. (see detailed list).


Total: 2 babies

  1. () 1991 Bani
  2. () 1992? unknown


Tong Bai was born wild .

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Mature Thai khoonkie male from the Northern province of Chaiyaphum in Thailand, imported to Sumatra for training purpose.

1985:The tradition of elephantkeeping which eventually returned to Sumatra in 1985 with the establishment of the centre in Way Kambas National Park was introduced from Thailand with the arrival of two Thai 'khoonkie elephants and four mahouts from the Northern province of Chaiyaphum. The aims of the centre as stated by Santiapillai & Ramono (1991) were to "promote the breeding of elephants in captivity so that some animals will be available for use in Fores0y and nature oriented tourism" which was latter expanded to "reestablish the elephant as part of Sumatra's myths, history and cultural heritage (Santiapillai & Ramono, 1991). The PHPA were helped in their efforts by Taman Safari Indonesia (TSI) who were involved in the successful selection and translocation of the two khoonkie elephants and mahouts from Thailand to Way Kambas National Park (Manansang, 1993).

1992:Only the fully mature Thai khoonkie males (Tong Bai and Sengtong) are recorded as having sired calves, thereby introducing 'mainland' genes into the captive population. Krishnamurthy (1992) reporred thar in l99l borh ,Umri' and 'Karsi' were pregnant by Tong Bai and that a newly captured cow had mated with Sengtong in October of that year. In 1993 Tong Bai was observed to mate with a captive female Rini but no offspring were produced

Reported dead, died after fight with wild bull?

Reference listKoehl, Dan, (2021). Tong Bai, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Way Kambas Elephant Training Center (PLG) in Indonesia. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 28 July 2021 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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