Tong Bai at Way Kambas Elephant Training Center (PLG)

† Tong Bai
ID Number:
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Male ♂, unknown maybe about years old (estimated age)
Dead date:
Death reason: killed: by wild bull
Location:Way Kambas Elephant Training Center (PLG)
ArrivedWay Kambas Elephant Training Center (PLG) 1985-00-00
from Lampang Young Elephant Training Center
Born: wild
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 2 babies

  1. () 1991 Bani
  2. () 1992? unknown
Document updated2018-04-05: new record, dead?
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?

Sources, among others

  • Su Parman

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