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Date of Birth




Age at Rescue

17 Years Old

Rescue Location

Illegal Logging

Rescue Date

August 2011

Herd / Friends

Yindee’s Herd

Ponsawan was born around 1994. Her name means blessing from heaven. She was rescued in August 2011 from illegal logging. Ponsawan finally arrived to Elephant Nature Park in early June 2014.

Ponsawan had been working hauling logs in the forest all day and began foraging for food when she stepped on a landmine. She was working in a very remote area and it took her and the mahout many days to get to an area with a main road where a truck could meet them to transport her to a hospital.

She stayed at the Thai Elephant Conservation Center government hospital for three years while she recovered.

She was then rescued to start her sanctuary life at Elephant Nature Park, Ponsawan is number one nanny to Yindee and enjoys the company of her other herd mates. She is fiercely protective of Yindee and very devoted to her herd.

Ponsawan gets around very well despite her injury and has a long life of happiness ahead of her.


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Elephant Friends Enjoy the swollen river at Elephant Nature Park

Elephant Friends Enjoy the swollen river at Elephant Nature Park

A tender moment between two close friends - Ponsawan and Mintra in the fast flowing river Ponsawan loves fast water.…Read More

Elephant of the Week 10 July 2023: Landmine Survivor Ponsawan

landmine survivor elephant of the ponsawan calls her friends to run through the forest in the sanctuary of elephant nature park

Ponsawan is a former logging elephant and unfortunate landmine victim who was rescued by Save Elephant Foundation in August 2011…Read More

Elephant of the week – Ponsawan, the number one nanny of Yindee


Number one nanny of Yindee, Ponsawan doesn't let her past get her down. Although she endured a landmine injury before…Read More

Ponsawan is the landmine victim elephant, see how much she was in pain before she arrived Elephant Nature Park.


Eight days prior to her injury she had been working in the deep jungle, and at night she would forage…Read More

Ponsawan, Yindee, Dokmai are greeting Dok Ngern and welcome her to be a new member at Elephant Nature Park.


We are really glad to see Ponsawan, Dok mai and Yindee could accept Dok Ngern. All of them greeting each…Read More

Love, peace and freedom can heal the painful of Ponsawan’s life


We want to update you on the life of Ponsawan, the landmine victim elephant, one of several at Elephant Nature…Read More

Our nanny elephant: MalaiTong, Ponsawan and Mintra are playing in the river together


Three lady elephants are playing like children in the river. You will be surprised if you learn about their life…Read More

Elephant of the week, Ponsawan the land mine victim


Her injuries were managed over the course of 2 years at the Elephant Conservation Hospital. Her freedom at the Elephant…Read More

Naughty baby elephants are playing like a naughty boy


Yindee and Navaan spent the whole day as the boy who love to play. Sometimes they play too rough. All…Read More

Learning to deal the hardships. What an elephant can teach us.


After an horrific land mine injury Ponsawan, dedicated her life to Yindee. Everyday she spends loving time with baby Yindee.…Read More

Elephant rescued from landmine


August 30, 2011 Ponsawan was transported to hospital for surgery. We would like to show how the amazing work of…Read More

The will to live: Ponsawan’s story


The poor elephant name Ponsawan, age 18 years old, who had been injured in the deep jungle while she walked…Read More

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