Meaning ‘Golden Happiness’, Thong Suk (also known as Jungle Boy) Arrived to Elephant Nature Park in May 2003. He never had his spirit broken and will never work. His mother was a trekking elephant.
Thankfully her owners allowed her maternity leave and Jungle Boy was born at one of our ethical tourism projects, Elephant Haven, in November 2001. He and his mother Mae Boon Na stayed with us for 4 months – but – after this the owners wanted his mother to return to work. Jungle Boy had to follow his mother while she gave rides to tourists. Thankfully when he was 1 1/2 years old, Save Elephant Foundation were able to rescue him. His mother was allowed to stay with him at Elephant Nature Park for one year so he could continue nursing. Sadly, they did not want to let go of her and she was taken back to work.
He acquired a few nannies in his early years but as he grew older Jungle Boy developed a more serious interest in the females. Now a teenager, he shares a large, chain free yard with a younger bull, Chang Yim. Our hope is to be able to release him to a large, forested, protected sanctuary space sometime in the future. He is the father of both Dok Mai and Yindee.