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Date of Birth




Age at Rescue

39 Years Old

Rescue Location

Illegal logging and extreme abuse

Rescue Date


Herd / Friends


Jokia (eye from heaven) was rescued by ENP in 1999 from illegal logging and extreme abuse. Jokia suffered a miscarriage while pulling a log uphill and was not allowed to stop working to check if her calf was dead or alive. This event naturally caused Jokia extreme physical and emotional trauma, and she fell into a deep depression, refusing to work. This provoked the wrath of her mahout and owner, who took aim at her with a sling shot, permanently blinding her in both eyes. One fortuitous day, Lek heard Jokia trumpeting angrily in the jungle where she was being forced to work and so began the negotiation for her release.


At ENP, Jokia continues to enjoy a very different life as part of a herd in a loving environment. She is well known for forming one of the most remarkable and longest standing friendships in the history of the park with a wonderful elephant named, Mae Perm back in 1999. Mae Perm was the first elephant rescued by Lek in 1992. She would constantly look out for her friend Jokia by using touch and sound to help provide a picture of what Jokia could not see for herself. If Jokia trumpeted to her friend, Mae Perm would run to her side and reassure her. It was a beautiful sight to behold.

Sadly, Mae Perm passed away on April 7, 2016. Jokia deeply grieved the loss of her friend and refused food or water for a few days. During this difficult time we followed her everywhere to ensure her safety. Luckily, Navaan started spending time with Jokia, which helped. When Mae Perm was still alive, both of them used to spend time with Sri Prae and Navaan’s family. So, not long after Mae Perm’s death, Jokia was accepted to be one of the nannies of Navaan. Jokia got along well with Sri Prae – they both walk slowly because of their handicaps.

Recently, Jokia has been spending most of her time with a newly rescued elephant named, Pailin, and these two elephants are gradually becoming close friends.

Jokia has faced a lot of sadness in her life, but she never let the pain of the past diminish her will to live. She keeps living her life with a strong willed spirit.

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Jokia at Elephant Nature Park

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Jokia’s Rescue Anniversary

Jokia living with happiness showing on her face

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Jokia making new friend


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When Jokia feeling the loss of her best friend


We gave to Jokia a long time to be with her great love. She stood over her for almost 6…Read More

The loss of Mae Perm bring intense sorrow to Jokia.


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Our beautiful Mae Perm passed away, she is now living in peace .


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FaaMai family inspect the new land of Elephant Nature Park.


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Mae Perm and Jokia are very happy to explore the new land at Elephant Nature Park.


Thanks to all of you who helped us to purchase 50 Acres more This year. After we prepared the land…Read More

Jokia and Mae Perm are having her favorite fruits.


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Friendship Beyond


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Mae Perm and Jokia


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