District of Livestock and Fishery, from the Lao Ministry of Agriculture, in Partenership with ElefantAsia provide ID books for all Lao elephants !
Dr Ann Derburg arrived in Laos in february 2015. She will replace Dr Emmanuelle Chave, who is leaving in march after two years with ElefantAsia in Laos. They will work together for one month so that the transition takes place smoothly.
The first emergency mission occurs a couple of days later. A camp near Luang-Prabang called for an elephant with diarrhea and colic. The clinical exam proved otherwise : this animal was suffering from intestinal obstruction after having been feed too much high fiber food in a short time span. We really feared for her life. After three days of appropriate veterinary care she improved markedly. We followed up by telephone, and she is doing well. Feeding at the camp will be revised accordingly.
A new female elephant was born at the Elephant Conservation Center on 19 January 2015 ! She's called Noy An and she's the first elephant birth in Laos for 2015 ! The mother Mae Kham Dee arrived in November 2014 at the ECC and she's well after the birth. Our veterinary team take care of the new baby elephant and her mother !
Their article titled « Tuberculosis in Laos, who is at risk: the mahouts or their elephants? » has been published in Epidemiology and Infection Journal on July 30th 2014.
On August 25th, Dr. Bertrand Bouchard and Josée Castonguay-Vanier from ElefantAsia participated in a 3-day workshop on elephant health and management held at Sosto Zoo in Hungary.