Elephants at private locations in Laos

7 private locations has kept elephants in Laos
There is presently 466 (1,465) living elephants in private 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:

7 private locations has kept 467 elephants in Laos

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

Elephants in private locations466 (1,465) living1 (0,0) dead
Sex ratio and
Management:
 Male  1 / 466  0%
 Female  465 / 466 
 100%
 Free contact  466 / 466 
 100%
 Protected contact  0 / 466  0%
 No contact  0 / 466  0%
 Unknown contact  0 / 466  0%
 wild  0 / 466  0%

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


Recommended Citation

Koehl, Dan, Facts about elephants in Laos. Elephant Encyclopedia, (2021) 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
    Ban Viengkeo unspecified
    Kept totally 2 elephants
    , 0 present (0,0) 1 births2 relocated0 deathsprivateVang Vieng
    (map)
    Hongsa DistrictSayaboury Province
    Hongsa District unspecified location
    Kept totally 10 elephants
    , 1 present (0,1) 7 births9 relocated0 deathsprivateHongsa
    (map)
    Hongsa DistrictSainyabuli Provincenorthwest Laos
    Laos unspecified location
    Kept totally 494 elephants
    , 465 present (1,464) 7 births28 relocated1 deathsprivate
    (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



    This document was updated: 2020-10-25 11:49:16



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