WWF Expresses Sadness Over Loss of a Baby Elephant

AKP Phnom Penh, January 21, 2020 —

WWF-Cambodia is saddened by the loss of a very young infant elephant that tragically passed away in Phnom Prich Wildlife Sanctuary, Mondulkiri province on Jan. 20, 2020.

The elephant was in a state of extreme exhaustion and dehydration and had various infected wound on her placenta, anus, genitals, tail, as well as abrasions on limbs, according to WWF-Cambodia’s news release.

It was encountered by lying on the ground on Friday Jan. 17, 2020 by law enforcement team consisting of Ministry of Environment rangers and WWF-Cambodia staff during a patrol. It had been separated from her mother and herd and was in poor bodily condition.

A team of Provincial Department of Environment (PDoE), WWF-Cambodia and the Elephant Livelihood Initiative Environment (E.L.I.E.) with their counterpart Provincial Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (PDAFF) veterinarian collaborated in the attempted rescue and care for the elephant.

Rehydration, feeding, wound treatment, and general care resulted in the apparent partial recovery of the infant. Between Jan. 18 and 19, the infant elephant was able to walk again and even played a bit with branches. However, gradually the condition of the infant declined with fatigue, lost appetite, and other symptoms indicating poor health.

After a hard struggle, the infant sadly lost her life at 05:41a.m on Jan. 20, 2020. The stress, dehydration, and poor health are the preliminary assumed causes of death for this infant. Currently, a representative of the WCS Wildlife Health Programme and PDAFF are performing a necropsy to assess if the elephant was suffering from an infectious disease or other internal health conditions.

By Khan Sophirom