Laos has about 700 (min. 600, max. 800) wild elephants. Source:Khounboline K (2011)
7 private locations has kept 467 elephants in Laos(Database tables with collection of elephants further down on the page)
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))