Support for Wild Elephants
LEI is committed to continue providing grant support to elephant centers in Laos that have a viable working plan to safely reintroduce captive elephants back to the wild and strengthen protections for them. In 2019 and 2020, LEI has supported MandaLao Elephant Conservation, an eco-tourism project, based just outside of Luang Prabang, as they work to identify a National Biodiversity Conservation Area (NBCA) in Laos that ensures the environment for formerly captive elephants to survive and thrive; has government and NGO support for the project; and has a number of receptive villagers that want to partner in creating safety and protective measures for both humans and elephants.
We have provided a grant to MandaLao to ensure that “Kit,” a 4-year-old bull elephant, whose dad was wild, continues his rewilding training. Kit is considered the lynchpin for what LEI believes is Laos’ most promising re-introduction program.
LEI will also support the acquisition of other young bull elephant/s to establish a cohesive bachelor herd, of which Kit will be a part, to help ensure successful reintroduction