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Date of Birth




Age at Rescue

28 Years Old

Rescue Location

Tak Province Logging Camp

Rescue Date

September 2015

Herd / Friends

Chana and Ploy Thong

Kabu worked in logging prior to being rescued by SEF and taken to the park. In the past, she suffered a significant leg injury, after being hit by a log while working in the forest. The wound was not properly treated, and as a result, her leg has healed with a major deformity.

Despite her injury, the previous owner continued to use her to haul logs as well as for forced breeding. Kabu had two babies, neither of which she was allowed to keep for very long. One was a male who died soon after his spirit was broken during phajaan. The other was a female who was sold into the elephant show industry.


Since her rescue, Kabu has had a hard time making friends at the park after so many years of abuse and the theft of her babies – an all too common experience for captive Asian elephants. That is, until we rescued Chana, a young female elephant who also suffered a serious leg injury in January 2019.

Kabu and Chana are now inseparable and can often be found wallowing in Kabu’s mud pit (territory she had previously been very hesitant to share) or enjoying hydrotherapy in the pool, which offers excellent weightless treatment for their leg injuries. Recently, a blind elephant named Ploy Thong has become friends with Kabu and Chana and these three elephants now spend all their time together.

Despite her hardships, Kabu is extremely mobile and very friendly with other elephants, except when they try to take over her mud pile!

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Elephant of the Week 17 July 2023: Kabu

elephant of the week kabu at elephant nature park

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Elephant Chana Opens The Gate And Leads the Herd To Bathe in the River

Chana opens the gate and leads her friends to bathe in the river at Elephant Nature Park

Chana, the youngest member of this family, is incredibly clever. She has a keen sense for the routines at Elephant…Read More

Kabu watches her 3 friends play in the river – The conversation is amazing

Kabu watches her 3 friends playing in the river

Sunlight penetrates the clouds above, and a buoyant nature overwhelms these playful three - Chana, Ploythong, and Saithong rush to…Read More

Chana, Kabu, PloyThong and SaiThong, the new beautiful family at Elephant Nature Park


On January 2019, the new girl arrived the park. Her name is Chana, the 8 years old girl who has…Read More

Ploythong, the blind elephant was accepted to join with Chana and Kabu.


We rescued Ploy Thong from Pattaya elephant camp in Feb 2018. She has both eyes blind. She transported tourists every…Read More

Kabu’s life at Elephant Nature Park


The story of Kabu's life is full of sadness and pain. Her rescue on the 22nd September 2015 began a…Read More

Kabu has fun with her new friend baby elephant a Chana at Elephant Nature Park

Kabu has fun with her new friend baby elephant a Chana at Elephant Nature Park

As with most captive-bred elephants, Kabu had her young taken from her a long time ago. Her son died and…Read More

Kabu is very protective of her mud pit at Elephant Nature Park

Kabu is very protective of her mud pit at Elephant Nature Park

Just 2 years ago, Save Elephant Foundation rescued Kabu from an awful life of logging, despite being severely injured and…Read More

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