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.
RAISING PUBLIC AWARENESS
LEI is focused on raising public awareness of the plight of elephants in Laos and working to build a new common understanding of what constitutes their ethical and humane treatment.
Learn about LEI's plans to improve conditions for Asian elephants in Laos.
PROTECTING WILD ELEPHANTS IN LAOS
LEI is working to increase the population of wild elephants in Laos; diversify the genetic pool; re-introduce captive elephants, as possible; and ramp up wildlife protection efforts in a viable National Biodiversity Conservation Area.
Learn about LEI's efforts to support wild Asian 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
1644 Platte S
Denver, CO 80204
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.
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We regret that we are not able to accept cash donations at this time.