Constituting up to one-third of all remaining Asian elephants, the global population of captive elephant (estimated between 14,500 – 16,000) is significantly important to the survival of the species, elephas maximus.
To conserve the Asian elephant for future generations, ElefantAsia understands that implementing projects alone is not nearly enough.
With logging quotas close to saturation the future of mahouts and their elephants is uncertain. We therefore promote sustainable income-generating alternatives to logging in ecotourism. Opportunities in the sector can work to provide mahouts with a regular income and be less arduous on the elephants.
With many elephants working in remote areas of forests for a lucrative logging industry, we implement free veterinary care via mobile clinics and the elephant hospital in Sayaboury Province to maintain the health and well-being of captive elephants in Laos. We also train mahouts and elephant owners in improved elephant handling and husbandry.
Our philosophy is education is key! We therefore implement public awareness campaigns and environmental education, which work to increase awareness to the plight of the Asian elephant no only in Laos, but globally.