Established in 2010 by Sébastien Duffillot, IUCN Asian Elephant Specialist Group Member, the Elephant Conservation Center cares for thirty elephants.
We rescue, rehabilitate, and re-herd captive elephants preparing them for return to the wild in the Nam Pouy National Protected Area (NPA). Elephants arrive at the ECC by rescue, confiscation from illegal traders, or by purchase from their former owners.
Our diverse team of experts helps protect Nam Pouy NPA – more than half a million acres of tropical forest habitat and home to the second largest wild elephant population in Laos. While our focus is on elephants, we actively contribute to the protection of the NPA’s vast array of wildlife species through our support of the Nam Pouy Ranger Patrols.
Our pioneering Back to the Wild program, Elephant Hospital, and Endocrinology Lab are providing the best possible living conditions to our resident elephants. ln 2019, we successfully released four captive elephants back to the wild – a first in Laos!