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Date of Birth

17th May 2021

Gender

Female

Age at Rescue

8 Weeks Old

Rescue Location

Chiang Mai Trekking Camp

Rescue Date

11th August 2021

Herd / Friends

BunMa and Pyi Mai

Chaba was born on May 17, 2021 at around 9pm at an elephant show and riding camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

When our team learned about the plight of Chaba and her mother BunMa, we went to the camp to see if we could help them. We found the mother and baby in a small barren concrete pen, with the mother on a short chain.

It was immediately clear that they were both in poor health and needed urgent intervention. Our founder was able to negotiate their release to Elephant Nature Park, and on Wednesday August 11, 2021, our team went to rescue the mother and baby. It was originally planned to transport them by truck to ENP, but unfortunately they were both very apprehensive about getting onto the truck, so we decided it was safer for them to walk to our sanctuary. After 2 hours of walking they arrived at ENP and were welcomed with an elephant cake.

Chaba will now live freely at the park, surrounded by the love and care of her mother along with our whole team. Every day her personality emerges more strongly as she explores her new world.

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Young Elephants Chatter
Young Elephants Chatter

Witness the heartwarming interaction between big adopted sister FaaMai and the adorable babies PyiMai and ChaBa.

Mudpit fun at Elephant Nature Park Sanctuary
Mudpit fun at Elephant Nature Park Sanctuary

Let’s join in the beauty of these shared experiences with FaaMai, her two little sisters, and their sweet nanny, Dmax.

Babies just love the mud at Elephant Nature Park Wildlife Sanctuary
Babies just love the mud at Elephant Nature Park Wildlife Sanctuary

Wild & boisterous rescued youngsters, born at Elephant Trekking Camps, are now growing up in the sanctuary of Elephant Nature…
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Have you ever wondered what bliss looks like?
Have you ever wondered what bliss looks like?

Today we witness a very touching scene at the mud mound, as Bunma repeatedly rolls her body over the now…
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Little Chaba and baby Pyi Mai seized the opportunity to visit Malee’s herd
Little Chaba and baby Pyi Mai seized the opportunity to visit Malee's herd

Lately, Chaba has been fond of visiting Malee's herd, even if only briefly. On this occasion, Chaba brought her sister…
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Pyi Mai tries to steal a piece of pumpkin from Chaba’s mouth
Pyi Mai tries to steal a piece of pumpkin from Chaba's mouth at Elephant Nature Park Sanctuary

Young Chaba finds a pumpkin left in the shade by her mahout and starts to break it up. Pyi Mai…
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Look at baby Chaba’s confidence in the river
Look at baby Chaba’s confidence in the river at Elephant Nature Park

Look at baby Chaba’s confidence in the river at Elephant Nature Park

Elephant of the Week 18 September 2023: Chaba
Elephant Nature Park Sanctuary Elephant of the Week 18 September 2023: Chaba

She is such a bright and precious light in the life of Elephant Nature Park. To learn more about the…
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Fascinating Elephant Communication at Elephant Nature Park
Fascinating Elephant Communication at Elephant Nature Park

At Elephant Nature Park, visitors can often see younger elephants being surrounded, guided, caressed and protected by other elephants. This…
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Elephant of the Week 14 August 2023 – Pyi Mai
Elephant of the Week 14 August 2023 - Pyi Mai

It's heartwarming to hear about baby Pyi Mai's journey at the Elephant Nature Park, growing up surrounded by love and…
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Flashback Friday – Celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of Bunma and her baby Chaba arrival at Elephant Nature Park
Flashback Friday - Celebrating the 2nd Anniversary of Bunma and her baby Chaba arrival at Elephant Nature Park

Today we celebrated the 2 year anniversary of Mother Bunma and baby Chaba to be with us in the Park…
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Sleepy baby elephants at Elephant Nature Park
Sleepy baby elephants at Elephant Nature Park Sanctuary in Chiang Mai

While Chaba is sleepily nursing from her mother Bunma, PyiMai finds a small log buried in a recently delivered fresh…
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Five rescued elephants enjoy a mud party at Elephant Nature Park in the rainy season
Five rescued elephants enjoy a mud party at Elephant Nature Park in the rainy season

A rainy day in the monsoon season satisfies everyone at Elephant Nature Park. The weather is warm and it's a…
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Transformation of a rescued elephant showing before and after health of Chaba
Transformation of a rescued elephant showing before and after health of Chaba

We compiled highlight footage showcasing the two-year transformation of baby elephant Chaba after being brought to Elephant Nature Park. This…
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Chaba’s family go for a swim before breakfast at Elephant Nature Park
Chaba's family go for a swim before breakfast at Elephant Nature Park

More early morning scenes at Elephant Nature Park. Every morning at 7:30, Chaba's family can be seen headed straight to…
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New delivery of sand at Elephant Nature Park causes great excitement for baby elephants
New delivery of sand at Elephant Nature Park causes great excitement for baby elephants

New delivery of sand to elephant nature park causes great excitement for the baby elephants

Bunma and her baby Chaba play in a dry mudpit at Elephant Nature Park
Bunma and her baby Chaba play in a dry mudpit at Elephant Nature Park

It was a cloudy day and rain was imminent - the scent of rain was on the wind - but…
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Elephant of the Week: Bunma
Elephant of the Week Bunma

On August 10th, 2021, Bunma and her baby girl, Chaba, walked over a mountain to their freedom at Elephant Nature…
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PyiMai and Chaba take the opportunity to roam about
pyimaia-chaba-chasing-cameraman at elephant nature park

While the mahouts are relaxing in the shade, Pyi Mai and Chaba take the opportunity to roam about. They spy…
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The unique sounds of Baby Elephants PyiMai and Chaba at Elephant Nature Park
elephant rescue and rehabilitation center pyimaia-chaba

These 2 young elephants PyiMai and Chaba, born November 2020 & May 2021 respectively, can be seen & heard on…
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