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Dani

Dani elpehant memer herd at Elephant Nature Park

 Dani  

At the herd: 30th November 2010
Rescued from: Illegal logging
*Birthday: 1960

Dani is a female elephant who was born around the mid 1960’s. She arrived at Elephant Nature Park from the Tak province on November 30th, 2010. She was rescued from illegal logging. The funds for Dani’s rescue were donated by Bob Barker from the USA. Her original name was Mo Blee which was a Karen hilltribe word that describes fear or shyness. Lek wished to change her name and Bob Barker requested that she be named after a friend of his named Dan Stone.

Many details of Dani’s history are unknown. She has probably lived along the Thai-Burma border for her entire life. Once she was old enough to start doing heavy labor, she began her career as a logging elephant working all up and down the border, in both Thailand and Burma. Most recently she was working inside the Karen state in Burma. Because of the long running civil war between the Karen and the military oppressors of Burma, fighting breaks out on a regular basis and it is very dangerous for elephants to be working in the forests. Being shot or stepping on a landmine are very real possibilities.

In early November of 2010 elections were held in Burma, the results of which caused armed conflict in the area where Dani was working. Her owner was forced to bring her back over to Thailand and was having trouble finding work for her. He decided to sell her to an interested party from Surin who was planning on using her as a street begging elephant. Thankfully some Western volunteers who worked for an NGO helping refugees somehow heard about this possible transaction and intervened. These Westerners knew of Elephant Nature Park and helped get us in contact with Dani’s owner. From there her rescue became reality. Dani is now part of a trio, being friends with Mae Boon Ma and Mae Bua Loy. She is confident and well-adjusted, often spending time with some of our other Park females as well. Dani and her two friends enjoy a very lively and vocal play in the river on many a afternoon around the time the documentary is shown to the day visitors, often drawing the visitors back out on the observation deck to see what all the ruckus and vocalization is all about!*Records and official documentation of elephants of more than 10 years ago are sketchy at best. The dates we use are our best estimates.

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