KhamLa (darling) was born in 2011. At that time, her mother was working at a trekking camp in Kanchanaburi. KhamLa was separated from her mother and put through phajaan to break her spirit so that she would submit to the will of humans. She was then subjected to the cruel training process endured by elephants who perform in shows. As a result of this intensive training, she developed stereotypic behavior (neurotic behavior resulting from stress also known as zoochosis), which has started to diminish after her rescue. Thankfully, we were able to rescue and re-unite KhamLa with her mother, BaiTouay, and bring her to ENP to start a new life.
Initially, it was very hard for KhamLa’s mother to reconnect with her daughter. It is likely that she harbored a deep-seated fear that they would be separated once again.
KhamLa loves to spend time with her large herd, roaming freely throughout the sanctuary. As the youngest member of the herd, she has many doting nannies to take care of her and likes to lead her herd. She also has a very special relationship with Darrick, which is built on mutual love and respect.