Boon Chuey (meaning “Helping with merit”) Fast Facts:
At WFFT since:
Boon Chuey, like Kaew Petch, is a very tall elephant. She has brown-red eyes and very large ears.
She is a very gentle elephant who seems enjoying human care and attention.
Boon Chuey had been working as a treking elephant in Thailand’s big cities, Bangkok and Pattaya, taking groups of people on her back every day for as long as 30 years.
Working on the morning of her rescue, Boon Chuey bravely took her last group of tourists on a trek and was then released from her seat and chains before getting onto the truck and travelling to her new life.
She discovered quite quickly the joy of bathing in her lake and walking chain-free in the forest, foraging and exploring her new environement with a great enthusiasm.
She found a good mate in Kaew Petch with whom she is sharing a large enclosure. They spend their day together, enjoying each other’s company.
Update (May 2015):
Boon Chuey & Dao Rueng - Finally some good rain!
Used to their daily bathing routine, Boon Chuey and Dao Rueng can now get a swim in fresh water as a few consecutive days of rain nicely filled up their lake.
Everyday around lunch time, they both go for a good half-an-hour bath, splashing and diving together, visibly enjoying their time in the water.
The rain has also made their whole enclosure very lush and green, encouraging the two inseparable friends to graze around.
Update (July 2016):
We have recently increased the amount of grass that we offer the elephants in their daily diet so this means that the grass delivery man has to visit our rescue centre twice a week! Boon Chuey and Dao Rueng have the most fun during the delivery and chase the truck along the length of their enclosure trumpeting loudly with excitement.
Update (June 2017):
Boon Chuey is still living happily with her best friend Dao Rueng. Next to their new enclosure is a piece of undeveloped forest, which the two ladies now get to explore everyday. Their volunteering team chops pineapple, corn, watermelons and papaya into buckets of bite sized pieces in preparation for their walk. They then use these buckets as positive reinforcement to guide the two ladies down the road to the entrance of the new piece of forest. Speedy Boon Chuey gets to the forest first, with Dao Rueng her friend ambling along behind slowly but steadily. Together they explore the shady patch of trees, enjoying the daily change of scenery.
Solely sponsored by:
1. Paul Sillato, NSW ($500)