Incorporated and headquartered in Colorado, USA, Lao Elephant Initiative (LEI) is a nonprofit, nonreligious, nonpolitical organization.
LEI maintains an office in Denver, CO and is currently developing conservation strategies in the Lao Peoples Democratic Republic (PDR).
Founded in January 2018, LEI is recognized as a State and Federal tax-exempt publicly supported 501(c)(3) charitable organization, employer identification number 82-3412111
Lao Elephant Initiative is a nonprofit organization founded for the purpose of providing support to a species in need. We currently focus our efforts on Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) populations and habitat within Lao PDR and strive to develop our scope to encompass greater Southeast Asia.
Lao Elephant Initiative is dedicated to the conservation of Asian elephant habitat and populations as well as the ethical care of those that remain in captivity.
The mission of Lao Elephant Initiative is to promote the wellbeing of Asian elephants through education, community partnership, and innovative conservation strategies.
Our projects focus on a range of conservation and environmental initiatives, including our captive elephant welfare project, and our support of wild elephant populations in Nam Poui National Biodiversity Conservation Area (NBCA).
Asian Elephants are listed on the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) Appendix I. One of the most significant conservation strategies for Asian elephants is the management of human-elephant conflicts as part of an integrated land-use policy that recognizes elephants as economic assets from which local people need to benefit or at least no suffer.
Learn about Lao Elephant Initiative's plans to reduce human-elephant conflict while supporting Lao people's economic benefit and culture.
NAM POUI NBCA
In the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Asian elephants remain widely but very patchily distributed in forested areas, both in the highlands and lowlands. Two important and likely viable populations are known, one in Xaignaboli Province west of the Mekong and one on the Nakai Plateau ("The IUNC Red List for Threatened Species - Elephas Maximus," 2018).
Learn about Lao Elephant Initiative's plans to support the Asian elephants in Nam Poui National Biodiversity Conservation Area (NBCA) in Xaignaboli Province.
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Lao Elephant Initiative
1644 Platte S
Denver, CO 80204
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