Elephant locations in Laos

21 locations has kept elephants in Laos

There is presently 567 (13,545) living elephants in locations in Laos (in this database)

Region: Laos is in this database included in asiaOther regions
Wild elephants:

Laos has about 700 (min. 600, max. 800) wild elephants. Source:Khounboline K (2011)

Location holdings:

21 locations has kept 574 elephants in Laos

(Database tables with collection of elephants further down on the page)

Elephants in locations567 (13,545) living7 (2,2) dead
Sex ratio and
Management:
 Male  13 / 567 
 2%
 Female  545 / 567 
 96%
 Free contact  531 / 567 
 94%
 Protected contact  0 / 567  0%
 No contact  0 / 567  0%
 Unknown contact  2 / 567  0%
 wild  34 / 567 
 6%

Known as the Land of a Million Elephants, herds suffer hunting and habitat loss from logging, agriculture and hydroelectric projects. Lack of funds hampers conservation.

1989: Laos banned the hunting and killing of endangered species including elephants.
2004: Laos joined the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
2010: It was estimated (government estimates 2010) 600 wild and only 480 domesticated elephants left in the country. (earlier 780-1200 (Sukumar), earlier 200-500 (Santiapillai, IUCN1996))

Captive population


Captive elephants are viewed as livestock and are managed by the national Department of Livestock and Fisheries

Reference list

Koehl, D., Facts about elephants in Laos. Elephant Encyclopedia, (2020) available online retrieved at https://www.elephant.se/country.php?name=Laos.
(archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources, among others

  • Current status of elephants in Laos, by Khounboline K (2011), http://www.asesg.org/gajah35.htm">Gajah nr 35, 2012. (Journal of the IUCN/SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group)

Internal relevant links

  • The elephant database startpage. Statistics
  • News about elephants in Laos (From the sister site Elephant News)
  • NameElephant collectionTypePlaceDistrictProvinceStateRegion
    All Lao elephant camp
    Kept totally 8 elephants
    , 8 present (1,7)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampLuang Prabang
    (map)
    Luang Prabang Province
    Ban Khiet Ngong elephant camp
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampPakse, Champasak
    (map)
    southern Laos
    Ban Namon Village
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)1 births1 relocated0 deathsvillage
    (map)
    Thongmixay DistrictSayaboury Province
    Ban That Village
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)1 births1 relocated0 deathsvillage
    (map)
    Ban Viengkeo unspecified
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)1 births2 relocated0 deathsprivateVang Vieng
    (map)
    Hongsa DistrictSayaboury Province
    Elephant village (Tiger trails, XL camp)
    Kept totally 19 elephants
    , 14 present (0,11)1 births2 relocated3 deathscampLuang Prabang
    (map)
    Luang Prabang Province
    Hongsa District unspecified location
    Kept totally 10 elephants
    , 1 present (0,1)7 births9 relocated0 deathsprivateHongsa
    (map)
    Hongsa DistrictSainyabuli Provincenorthwest Laos
    Kiet Ngong Village elephant camp
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 2 present (0,2)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampChampassak
    (map)
    Champasak Provincesouthern Laos
    Laos Elephant Conservation Centre (ECC)
    Kept totally 34 elephants
    , 30 present (8,16)3 births1 relocated3 deathscampXayabuli
    (map)
    Sayaboury districtSayaboury province
    Laos unspecified location
    Kept totally 491 elephants
    , 464 present (0,464)6 births26 relocated1 deathsprivate
    (map)
    MandaLao Elephant Conservation
    Kept totally 7 elephants
    , 7 present (1,6)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampLuang Prabang
    Mekong Elephant Park
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathscampPak Beng
    (map)
    Mr Lei
    Kept totally 0 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)1 births0 relocated0 deathsprivate
    Mr. Amkha
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivate
    (map)
    Hongsa DistrictSayaboury Province
    Mr. Thongvan
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)0 births1 relocated0 deathsprivate
    (map)
    Phiang DistrictSayaboury Province
    Mr. Van
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0)1 births2 relocated0 deathsprivate
    Nakai-Nam Theun Biodiversity Conservation Area
    Kept totally 33 elephants
    , 33 present (0,33)34 births0 relocated0 deathswild
    (map)
    Khammouane and Bolikhamxay provinces
    Nam Phouy national park
    Kept totally 1 elephants
    , 1 present (1,0)0 births0 relocated0 deathswild
    (map)
    Tad Lo lodge
    Kept totally 3 elephants
    , 3 present (0,3)0 births0 relocated0 deathscampTad LoSalavan province
    Thongmixay District unspecified location
    Kept totally 15 elephants
    , 1 present (1,0)1 births14 relocated0 deathscampThongmixay
    (map)
    Xieng Khouang Provincenortheastern Laos
    Vientiane Ban Keun Zoo (Tulakhom Inter Zoo)
    Kept totally 4 elephants
    , 3 present (1,2)0 births1 relocated0 deathszooTulakhom
    (map)
    Vientiane Province


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