Special Projects

ELEPHANT RESCUES

 

The Elephant Conservation Center is home to over 30 rescued elephants. Many of these elephants were previously used for work in the logging industry, but thanks to the EEC these elephants have a new home. The center will never turn down an elephant in need of a home, but the rescue process can very costly. Their goal is to raise $35,000 every year just for elephant rescues, and we want to help them get there. 

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EXPERT VETCARE

Did you know that the Elephant Conservation Center is the only only elephant hospital and research laboratory in Laos? Not only does EEC provide care to their own elephants, but ANY elephant that is in need of veterinary care. The EEC uses trained veterinarian assistants to provided modern and traditional veterinary care for these elephants. Elephants are extremely intelligent and capable of self-medicating common health problems if they have access to wild plants in the forests. For this reason, staff at the EEC is moving away from antibiotic treatment and western approaches to medicine for small wounds and returning to natural medicines that the elephants have access to in the forests. 

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BREEDING

Breeding is an absolute necessity. Did you know that for every 2 elephants born each year in Loas, there are 8 more deaths. In total, the estiamted elephant population in Loas is 800, half of that is in captivity. Because only a small precentage of females are capable of breeding, it is probable that the Asian Elephant will disappear from Loas in the next 20-30 years. To escape this population vortex, we must use everything within our power to help. With the endocrinenology research breakthroughs at the ECC, staff have been able to track ovulation cycles of capable females through laboratory analysis of progesterone levels. When the time is right, she is placed with a suitable male. This may seem drastic, and un-natural, but it is a necessity for the perseverance of their species. The ECC hopes to raise $6,000 each year for laboratory equipment and tests.

Wild Elephants

Did you know that the Elephant Conservation Center has wild elephants? In fact, they have __________ wild elephants! the ECC backs up into Sayaboury's Nam Pouy National Protected Area. This area has over 200,000 hectares of undisturbed jungle. Protecting an area this big, requires a lot of resources. A good portion of their funds go to equipping rangers with the tools they need to keep the logging industry out of this area and monitor the wild populations. Money donated to this project will equip the rangers with tools such as camera traps, drones, GPS collar monitoring systems, market check and informant hotlines. 

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION

By far and large, one of the most import task we all should do: teaching the importance of conservation to new generations. The Elephant Conservation center invest in local schools to educate students about the role of elephants in their environment.