Initially meeting her as a young baby in the heart of Bangkok, Pleum was with three people (only one of them a mahout) and making them a little money by selling small sticks of sugar cane which she then greedily ate.
Over the next month, she and her mahout were arrested four times by the Thai Elephant Conservations Centre’s elephant rescue team and moved out of the city limits – the extent of their powers. When thrown out of Bangkok they went to Pattaya, when thrown out of Pattaya they came back to Bangkok in a never ending cycle.
Her mahout, Lung Lord finally agreed to bring her up to GTAEF, and have been happily living GTAEF in Chiang Saen for more than a few years. He is a conscientious mahout who really does care for his elephant but really could think of no other alternatives at the time. He and his wife are very emotionally attached to Nong Pleum and his wife still wells up with tears whenever she thinks the possibility of separating from her in the early days on the streets.
She’s a quiet lady elephant whose favourite activity next to bath time in the river is to lay down after a good munch of sugarcane and sleep in the shade for hours at a time.
Every little bit counts
Every dollar raised goes to the elephants. Your donations are used to feed the elephants a mix of sugarcane, bananas and grass and on special occasions they're given fruit (their favorites are watermelon, apples, pineapple). A portion of your donations are also used to help fund two permanent veterinarians who provide preventative and emergency care for the elephants.
Help is needed to care for them, their mahouts and their families. This includes up to 600lbs of food and 60 gallons of water a day, along with permanent veterinary care which amounts to $1000 a month. Your contribution, however large or small, will be combined with others from people like yourself to sponsor Pumpui and her friends to ensure the well being of each elephant through funding their food, care and veterinary care.
There's two forms of donations.