WHO ARE WE?
The Lao Elephant Initiative (LEI) was founded in January 2018 as a nonprofit, nonreligious, nonpolitical organization. Recognized as a State and Federal tax-exempt, publicly supported 501(c)(3) charitable organization, LEI maintains an office in Denver, CO, and currently supports elephant conservation projects in the Lao People’s Democratic Republic.
We are working to ignite positive change for wild and captive Asian elephants.
The mission of Lao Elephant Initiative (LEI) is to promote the wellbeing of both captive and wild Asian elephants through education, community partnerships, and innovative conservation strategies.
MAKING THIS HAPPEN
Our work involves a range of conservation and environmental initiatives, including our captive elephant welfare project, and our support of wild elephant populations in a National Biodiversity Conservation Area (NBCA). LEI conducts projects and programs internally and also provides grants to organizations that are doing work compatible with our mission.
TAKING ACTION FOR ELEPHANTS
LEI is focused on raising public awareness of the plight of elephants in Laos, working to build a new common understanding of what constitutes their ethical and humane treatment, and helping make that a new reality.
Learn about LEI's plans to improve conditions for Asian elephants in Laos.
FEED THE ELEPHANTS PROGRAM
As a result of the crisis caused by covid-19, the closing of borders and thus the lack of tourists and income, some elephant camps in and around luang prabang are struggling to feed and care for their elephants.
Learn about LEI's program: Feed The Elephants
DONATE BY MAIL
Want to make a donation by check? Please make checks payable to Lao Elephant Initiative.
Send donations to:
Lao Elephant Initiative
1934 Market St.
Denver, CO 80202
Indicate the project in the memo section. If you intend to send a check each month as a recurring donation, please include a note letting us know to expect a monthly check.
We value the safety and security of our donors; for this reason, we advise that you do not send credit card information through the mail.
We regret that we are not able to accept cash donations at this time.