There are about 250 wild elephants in Phu Khieow Wildlife Sanctuary.
They are part of a larger population of about 350 elephants migrating between Phu Khieow, Nam Nao National Park
and Tat Mok National Park.
Only few incidents of human elephant conflict happen in Phu Khieo ,
but there is an elephant poaching problem.
according to official numbers about 3 bulls are killed every year for their tasks.
This is a serious problem, as it isot sustainable and in fact, large bulls are rarely seen.
In April I saw a number of herds including 2 females in heat, but no big bull turned up, so mating was
with young bulls of 15- 20 years of age.
during my stay 1 elephant bull was killed for the tusks. he was only about 10 years old! Fortunately,