Thanwa was born in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Thailand in 2009.
Thanwa is very friendly with humans. He has white hair growing on his ears and a white haired beard, which is rather unusual. He has brown spiky hair that stands up on his head and that makes him look a bit punk-like!
Thanwa is regarded as the villagers’ elephant and they have dedicated him to Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn. Thanwa has learned how to pull on the rope to raise a flag on a mast and now he is in charge of raising and lowering the Thai flag at the Center daily.
Thanwa’s mahout is Somkid Auyee, born in November 1981. He is divorced and takes care of his son, who was born in 2006.