Like too many Thai elephants, Nam Phon was born in the wild but was captured and used for logging labor. She then was abused in the tourist trade for decades. She passed away last month at the estimated age of 55 years old at the sanctuary Wildlife Friends Foundation Thailand, where she has resided since March 2016. The group held a funeral for her, adorning her body with fruit and flowers.
“She inspired us and the many people who met her to strive for a better future for over 3000 elephants that still languish in captive environments throughout Thailand. She gave us hope to continue to fight for their freedom, the years of abuse she had endured never dulled her light.”
You can donate to WFFT to help elephants like Nam Phon. Interested in a volunteer experience? Here’s a video from Thailand Paradise: