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CAMP: Ayutthaya Elephant Palace and Royal Kraal

ELEPHANT: Plai Yod Yeam
SEX: Male
AGE: 14
MAHOUT: Mr. Savang Santiwong


The name Yod Yeam means "to be most excellent". The name "Plai" is used in Thailand for all male elephants. Yod Yeam is small in stature for his age but makes up for it with a pair of long beautiful tusks. If in the wild, he would be a prime target for ivory poachers. Fortunately, he has a comfortable home and carefree existence at the Kraal.

Yod Yeam is very strong but moves noticeable slower than most of the other elephants. He is not handicapped or physically hindered in any way, he just likes to take his time and seems to not see the point in hurrying. These leisurely artist-like traits made him a natural candidate for the painting program. Yod Yeam's unhurried approach to life and art-making necessitates patience in both the mahout and the art teacher.

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