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The Elephant Conservation Center marks a new era for conservation of the Asian elephant within the Lao PDR and offers a unique experience to visitors wishing to contribute towards the preservation of an endangered species. The first of its kind in Laos, the Center is not another elephant camp but an innovative approach that combines conservation of an endangered species with ecotourism. Minimum stay is overnight, however we recommend our 2 nights package to experience all the activities and truly enjoy this tranquil part of the world. Volunteer experiences, 6 nights/7 days are also available.

Protecting Elephants Since 2001

The elephant conservation center team has been involved in numerous projects in Laos for the protection of the Asian elephants since 2001. We have set up:

  • The national registration system for captive elephants,
  • Mobile vet clinics, first aid kits and the first elephant hospital in Laos,
  • Emergency response cards,
  • A protocol and training for immobilization of elephants in musth,
  • An elephant care manual,
  • National anti-trafficking campaigns,
  • Good practice guides for tourism
  • Mobile libraries for local communities.

n 2010 we opened the center to the public. We can proudly say that we provide 6,000 hectares of elephant pastures to our 34 elephants while employing 67 members of staff, 95% of them Lao.

The ECC isn’t trying to keep the elephants that they have taken in. After forming close knot social groups, the ultimate goal is to reintroduce them to a safe and protected natural forest where they can contribute to the increase of the wild population. This is currently underway. In March 2019, a first herd of 5 elephants was released in the Nam Pouy National Protected Area. Together, let’s set them FREE!

Q Protecting Wildlife Habitat

The ECC is in charge of training and equipping the current Ranger Team. Together with the Sayaboury Provincial Agriculture and Forestry Office, the ECC organises field missions to tighten law enforcement in the Nam Pouy National Protected Area, home to Laos’ second largest wild elephant population.

Helping implement 'buffer zones’ design & management, land use mapping & monitoring, as well as an improved law enforcement system to lower the negative impacts of illegal activities inside the area.

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