Posts Tagged ‘Elephant Conservation Center Laos’

An Elephant Caravan to Save the Asian Elephant

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

The Elephant Caravan will be packing its trunk to travel from Sayaboury to Luang Prabang in October 2015 to raise awareness of the plight of the Asian elephant and is being organised by the Elephant Conservation Center.

The Elephant Caravan – Laos 2015 (english version) from The Elephant Caravan on Vimeo.

Laos has been known as the “Land of a Million Elephants” for generations. Today, however, there are fewer than 900 elephants remaining in the country. The future of Asia’s largest land mammal, as well as the people who have cared for them for generations, has reached a crisis point. If elephants die out, not only does it mean the loss of a wonderful creature, but the end of an age-old culture as well.

In October 2015, an elephant caravan will begin its journey across northern Laos: 12 elephants will spend six weeks travelling 630 kilometers, making stops at 46 villages.

The caravan will travel from Sayaboury to Luang Prabang to coincide with the 20th anniversary of Luang Prabang’s World Heritage Status when lots of events are planned.

Hanuman plans to join the finale of the caravan in Luang Prabang and we hope to see some of you there.

For more details, visit the website: http://www.theelephantcaravan.org/

The Elephant Conservation Center in Laos

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Check out this video put together by together by Nick Ray and Andy Richardson during his recent Lonely Planet research trip through Northern Laos for the new Laos Lonely Planet guidebook, out in bookshops now.

Nick was covering Luang Prabang and Northern Laos for new 8th edition of the Laos guidebook. The Elephant Conservation Center was one of the standout new additions for the latest book, located in Sayaboury Province in the far west of the country. A new bridge and road link means it is just two hours from Luang Prabang.

Nick Ray and Andy Richardson studied at the University of Warwick together back in the 1990s and have since had the opportunity to work together on several filming assignments for Lonely Planet and other leading global brands.

Saving Elephants from Extinction

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Hanuman recommends the Elephant Conservation Center as an authentic Laos experience.

A female elephant at ECC named Mae Kham Ohn

A female elephant at ECC named Mae Kham Ohn

Elephants are on the brink of extinction in Laos, so the Elephant Conservation Center of Laos at Sayaboury is the only place to meet elephants in their natural environment. Set at the tip of a naturally forested peninsula of over 100 hectares and bordering the Nam Tien lake, the Center boasts a stunning view over the Elephant Mountain range to the north east. It’s a good 3 hours drive from Luang Prabang.

The Center offers an experience of watching the elephants feeding and bathing, trekking through the forest to the ‘Buddha’s Footprint’, exploring the lake by boat or learning with mahouts, as well as finding out more at their living museum. ElefantAsia, a French-based non-profit organization, runs the country’s elephant conservation program from the facility. You can enjoy a day visit at ECC though perhaps the most ideal way is to spend a couple of nights at the Center with briefings from the vets and mahouts to better understand the elephants with whom you will interact freely for the next two days. Accommodation at ECC in bungalows and dorms is pretty rustic. There is better accommodation in Sayaboury town, a few kilometers away. If you are seeking an experience to tell your friends and family about, look no further than the Elephant Conservation Center at Sayaboury.