Initially, the community attempted to get Chamroeun to leave the area by scaring her off with loud noises, flashing lights, and fire. They even tried to hurt her, hoping she would understand and go, but none of these methods worked.

Chamroeun, innocent and unaware of the community’s concerns, was seeking sustenance. She couldn’t fathom why she was being chased away. Realizing the futility of their efforts, the community members, with a sense of responsibility, reached out to Wildlife Alliance once again, this time to request her safe relocation.

Chamroeun was sedated and transported to Phnom Tamao Wildlife Rescue Center, where she was accepted by a female elephant named Arum. They formed a close bond and enjoyed spending time together, walking in the forests, and swimming with Lucky – another female elephant in the park’s dam.

Chamroeun’s world was shattered when Arum, her companion and matriarch, passed away in 2014. This loss had a profound effect on her, leading to significant changes in her behavior during walks and straining her relationship with Lucky. Chamroeun, now without a leader, stopped heeding the keepers’ instructions during walks, necessitating a change for her and everyone’s safety.

She now likes to interact with park visitors, eagerly seeking treats and running for the gate if given the chance. Despite her playful nature, she usually stays close to the food stores, helping herself to more treats.

Chamroeun is known for her sounds while eating and quickly consuming snacks. She also has a habit of snoring at night, occasionally keeping the keepers awake. However, elephants only sleep 4-6 hours daily, so it doesn’t disrupt their sleep entirely.

She gets along with her roommate Sakor, a male elephant, as they share the same enclosure. Chamroeun is a gentle giant with a cheeky nature.

STAY TUNED AS NEXT YOU WILL KNOW THE STORY OF SAKOR. In the meantime, we encourage you to consider supporting our efforts at the Wildlife Rescue Center. Your contribution can make a significant difference in the lives of animals like Chamroeun, helping us provide them with the care and support they need.