When Sakor, a 16-year-old male elephant, installed himself near Koh Kong province’s main thoroughfare, Road 48, in early 2012, havoc ensued. Sakor blocked vehicular traffic, destroyed telephone poles, and threatened villages and plantations. Sakor’s habitat had been fragmented and diminished, causing him to wander outside the forest looking for food and shelter. For several months, plantation workers and villagers tried to drive him away with taunts, and angry truck drivers attempted to push him off the road. One such incident resulted in a wound to Sakor’s front leg, and later, his presence on the road caused two cars to collide. In response, the provincial governor of Koh Kong requested that the Forestry Administration, with the assistance of Wildlife Alliance, remove Sakor for his safety and the safety of the public. Sakor was transported to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center where he is receiving full-time care from our elephant specialists. 

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In 2007, Chhouk, a baby less than a year old, was found wandering alone in the forest in northeastern Cambodia. He had lost a foot to a poacher’s snare, was gravely ill from an infection in his wound, and was severely undernourished. After caring for him for two weeks in the forest and gaining his trust, Chhouk was transported to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center where specialists were able to heal his wounds. Unfortunately Chhouk’s leg had to be amputated, but was replaced by a prosthesis which has changed his life completely. He can now walk normally and has avoided any serious skeletal deformities. He is the first elephant in Cambodia to receive a prosthesis and is a celebrated successful rescue story. 

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©Jeremy Holden


In 1999, at the tender age of 6 months, Lucky was found orphaned in Koh Kong province. It is assumed that hunters killed her mother, leaving her with no chance of survival. She was brought to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center where she was hand-raised and received a lot of care and attention. Her gentle nature has made her our Elephant Ambassador, and she has since touched the hearts of thousands and helped inspire the next generation of Cambodians to protect this Endangered species. When the injured elephant Chhouk arrived as a baby, she even took him under her wing and provided the orphaned elephant with motherly comfort. Lucky is an incredible animal that continues to inspire us all. 

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©Jeremy Holden


Forced to raid crops to supplement what little there was left for her to eat in the forest, Jamram was a victim of human encroachment. As a result, villagers had abused her and put a death sentence on her.  Jamram was brought to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center where she was treated for her injuries. In order to stimulate the minds of these incredibly intelligent animals, the elephant keepers take them on walks through the forest and swims in a nearby lake.   

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