On 10 July 2023, Ambassador Arunrung Phothong Humphreys, together with staff of the Royal Thai Embassy in Stockholm, visited 3 Thai elephants, Tonsak (25), Bua (26) and Saonoi (27) at Kolmården. The Ambassador also met and discussed with Ms. Christine Karmfalk CEO of Kolmården and her team the wellbeing of the Thai elephants.
In 2004, His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great gifted two female elephants, Bua and Saonoi, to His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf as a symbol of friendship between Thailand and Sweden. Kolmården has since then been a home to the two Thai elephants. Tonsak, a male elephant gifted by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great to Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark, was transferred from Copenhagen Zoo to Kolmården in 2015.
The Embassy appreciates Kolmården for taking good care of the three elephants and looks forward to possible future cooperation with concerned authorities in Thailand regarding elephant conservation projects and beyond.