The “world’s loneliest elephant” is on his way to a better life.
After living in poor conditions in Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad, Pakistan, since 1985, Kaavan, nicknamed the “world’s loneliest elephant,” is moving to a sanctuary in Cambodia today for a new and hopefully happier life.
When he was only a year old, 35 years ago, Kaavan was gifted to Pakistan from Sri Lanka. He was kept in abysmal conditions at the Marghazar Zoo for all those years, most of which he spent in chains. Kaavan had a partner, Saheli, who lived with him from 1990 to 2012, when she died of an infection. The heartbroken elephant has been alone ever since.