|In November 2005, a team from Elephant Nature Park spotted her
begging outside their hotel when they were in Surin for the annual
elephant festival. Antoinette van de Water resolved to buy her as part
of her Bring the Elephant HOME project, which involved bringing two
elephants across Thailand to Elephant Nature Park, while arranging
educational and media events along the way.
Upon Sri Nuan’s arrival at the park in January 2006, she quickly
joined a new family group consisting of Mai Lai Tong,
Sri Nuan, Mae Tok
Koh, and Mae Tok Koh’s baby boy, to whom she has become a loving auntie.
Sri Nuan has an extremely large head and broad shoulders, making her
look almost like a bull elephant from the front. She can also be
recognized by her blind left eye, her big ears, and her tail that is so
long, it almost touches the ground.