Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens in Thailand

Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

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Owner 1954-2001: Pisit Tansacha
1954-2001: Nongnooch Tansacha
2001-: Kampon Tansacha
Size600 acre
Opened for public1980
Address Sukhumvit Road
Place Pattaya
District Tambon Na Jomtien, Amphur Sattahip
Province Chonburi Province
Country Thailand
Website Website

Directors: Pattanan Khantisukpan (director)

Key People

Veterinarians: Padet Siridumrong (head veterinarian)

Elephant department

Head keepers
of elephants

Elephant keepers: Samith
: Tha
: Thamrouen
-: P’Kai
-: Muwith Khwai
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Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens, located at Sukhumvit Road, in Pattaya, Thailand , was founded in 1954, opened for public in 1980.

Living elephants

At the Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens lives 60 elephants with records in this database: (detail list)
  1. Baicha born 2021-07-07
  2. Baitoey born 2002?
  3. Plai Bird born 1976
  4. Plai Boonmak born 2023-08-18
  5. Pang Boonrod
  6. Plai Bua Jay born 2022-09-29
  7. Plai Bua Khao born 2020-01-31
  8. Busarakham
  9. Plai Chai born 2023-04-09
  10. Clear Sky born 2016
  11. Plai Daorung born 2023-02-10
  12. Pang Duen Pen
  13. Jing Jo born 1985
  14. Kaimuk born 2020-05-13
  15. Plai Mai Muang born 2001
  16. Pang Manoch born 2022-09-03
  17. Morakot
  18. Plai Muk born 2003
  19. Mukda born 2014
  20. Nam Phu born 2019-11-02
  21. Plai Nammon born 2017-05-21
  22. Phang Napthong born 2017-04-10
  23. Plai Ning Nong born 1995?
  24. Pang Nong Porn born 1997
  25. Nongnong born 1993
  26. Opal born 2020-10-19
  27. Orn born 2017-08-09
  28. Paetai born 2018
  29. Pailin born 2001
  30. Pang Dorami
  31. Pang Jenni born 1980
  32. Pang Troot-Jeen born 2001-01-26
  33. Pang Ubol born 1976
  34. Pang Wassana
  35. Pempoon born 2021-05-00
  36. Phang Sombat born 1993
  37. Philin Helụuxngire born 2018-01-02
  38. Pang Ploy born 2001
  39. Porn Tip
  40. Pornchai born 2010-02-14
  41. Riangngeon Ekasit
  42. Santisuk born 2011-12-09
  43. Plai Sao-har born 2003-04-05
  44. Sarai born 2000?
  45. Thongkam
  46. Pang Took Jai born 2016-11-08
  47. Tubtim born 2011
  48. unknown born 2014-03-13
  49. unknown born 2017-09-27
  50. unknown born 2004-03-00
  51. unknown born 2003-05-10
  52. unknown born 2009-09-04
  53. unknown born 2014-03-13
  54. unknown born 2012-02-24
  55. Unnamed born 2012-05-01
  56. Unnamed born 2014-01-06
  57. Wanpheng (วันเพ็ญ) born 1990
  58. Wanvisa born 2010-05-28
  59. Pang Wara Pim born 2022-09-03
  60. Pang Yok born 2003

Comments / picturesThe garden currently fills 500 out of the 600 acres.

1954: Pisit Tansacha and his wife Nongnooch Tansacha purchased the 600 acre plot of land in 1954 with the intentions of developing the land as a fruit plantation. However, the owners instead decided to plant tropical flowers and plants as a wildlife Conservation project.

1980: The garden opened to the public in 1980.

2001: The management was transferred to Pisit and Nongnooch\'s son Kampon Tansacha in 2001.

2001: British citizen Andrea Taylor, 20, suffered fatal internal injuries after she was attacked by the rampaging elephant in April 2001. Miss Taylor died from massive internal injuries, probably caused by the elephant\'s tusk.

2008: In 2008 the International Elephant Conservation and Research Symposium took place at the Nong Nooch Tropical Botanical Garden in Thailand from November 24 to 26, 2008.

2011: Nong Nooch currently has 41 elephants in its stables, 36 of which are female. Of those, five are pregnant.

2013: This year, Nong Nooch Tropical Garden & Resort, Pattaya had organized the activity which was bigger than the past years which there were the glorifying cortege and the parade of 15 intelligent elephants dancing to bless the King. The father elephant presented a garland to the picture of the King, the performance of the elephant calf giving the marigold garland to express love to its father and the highlight of the activity was a female elephant calf named Phang Yok, aged 10, drew the picture of King Bhumiphol and wrote the words “Caring for Dad Most.” Besides, there was the performance of the female elephant calf named Kor Ya, aged 2, Phang Yingruay, aged 2 and a male elephant calf named Sunday, aged 2, giving the garland to their fathers named Ning Nong, aged 16 in front of the picture of King Bhumiphol in order for the elephant father and its calves expressing their love to each other among the very noisy applause from the audience.

2020: female baby was born on October 19 to parents father Ning Nong, 25, and mother Pailin, 19, and was given the name Opal, the sixth elephant born this year and 97th at Nong Nooch Garden. Pailin had given birth to three babies before, Tubtim, 9, Mukda, 6, and Paetai, 2 and a half.

2017-08-17: On 17th August 2017 Nong Nooch Pattaya Garden blessed to 2 new born elephants; Yok age 14 years old on 9th August at 00.30 and Elephant name Christmas age 14 years old on 10th Auguest at 02.30.Female elephant given birth by Elephant Yok was named as Orn while another Female elephant given birth by Elephant Christmas was named as Nong Ying. They are the 9th and 10th elephants of this year and counted as elephant member number 82 and 83 of Nong Nooch Pattaya respectively. Video also recorded on the moment of Elephant Nong Ying was given birth by Elephant Yok age 14 years old on 9th August at 00.30. From the beginning of 2017 until the present, 10 elephants were given births which are 5 male elephants and 5 female elephants.

2022-09-03: 2 babies, Phang Wara Pim and Phang Manoch, born the same day. Nongnooch Garden in Pattaya currently cares for 57 elephants.

References for records about Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens

Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan (2024). Nong Nooch Tropical Gardens, Elephant Encyclopedia. Available online at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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2023-04-22Nong nooch pattaya welcomes 2nd baby elephant of 2023 - Elephant News

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