Step Into Their World.

Welcome to the Forest

The Kulen Elephant Forest is a haven where retired elephants can interact freely, and are treated with the greatest care and attention. At the reserve, there are no tricks, no riding, and the elephants now roam and socialize unburdened, within 530 acres of lush forest.

Overview

In the foothills of Kulen Mountain, lies the Bos Thom Community Forest, 1100 acres of protected forest inhabited by the 14 elephants of Angkor. For 22 years, these elephants have given rides to visitors in the temples of the world heritage site. Today, they roam free in their natural habitat and are living testimony of a changing world. 

With 75 remaining captive elephants in Cambodia, the protection of this amazing animal is more critical than ever. A visit to the Kulen Elephant Forest will not only help the elephants of Angkor but all elephants in Cambodia through the KEF’s longer term objectives, for we believe in the power of education and tourism as drivers for conservation.
 

Our Mission

The elephants at the Kulen Elephant Forest have spent most of their lives working in the tourism industry and are enjoying a long-awaited and well-deserved retirement. Here in the forest, they can finally roam free and unburdened. They will rediscover relationships, natural foods they haven’t eaten in years, and receive the best of care.

Our mission is to provide our residents with a happy and comfortable retirement but also to offer a fun, educational approach to elephant conservation and contribute as much as possible to preserving the remaining elephants of Cambodia.

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- Setting an Example

Retiring the elephants of Angkor is a major transition in Cambodia’s perception of elephants’ roles in society and culture. We hope that this transition will help inspire elephant owners across Cambodia to look more towards the conservation model as a real alternative.

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- Message

Visitors will get a chance to learn the very real implications of elephant conservation in Cambodia. We offer an ethical, pragmatic and scientific rationale to the conservation debate, a message that we hope our visitors will understand and spread.

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- Re-Population

We hope to pioneer a successful breeding programme for Cambodia’s elephants. With so few remaining in isolated pockets, we must strive to protect genetic diversity to combat inbreeding.

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- Support

We aim to provide support and assistance whenever possible to the captive elephant community of Cambodia. Whether it be through advising, educating, resource exchange or hosting elephants in need of care; we are ready to lend a helping hand.

Meet The Team

Leanne Wallace

Leanne Wallace - Sanctuary Manager

Having worked in UK zoos for many years, Leanne’s love for elephants led her to settle in Asia. With experience as a keeper, trainer, mahout and educator; Leanne works to provide the best of care to our elephants and she contributes massively to the success of the Kulen Elephant Forest’s conservation and welfare objectives.

Dr. Ronnachit Rungsri

Dr. Ronnachit Rungsri - Head Veterinarian

Dr. Ronnachit Rungsri has decades of experience with over a thousand elephants across Thailand and Laos. He is one of Asia’s finest elephant veterinarians and has dealt with all aspects of elephant care, from routine procedures to artificial insemination. As a university lecturer, Dr. Rungsri is a great educator and a formidable source of information for all things elephant.

Oan Kiry

Oan Kiry - Director

For over 20 years, Mr. Oan Kiry has worked with elephants in the temples of Angkor. Today, he uses his talents to smoothly run the Kulen Elephant Forest’s operations and maintain its relationship with the local community.

Meet The Elephants