Latest addition : 28 June 2011.
ElefantAsia concentrates efforts in three main directions:- elephant veterinary care, educational/environmental awareness and economic viability for mahouts. ElefantAsia have developed a highly specialised mobile veterinary care unit; we continue to carry out public awareness campaigns and environmental education. We keep all factors in mind while developing sustainable economic solutions that will ensure both jobs for mahouts and the survival of the Asian elephant.
Awareness raising about the endangered status of the Asian elephant through environmental education campaigns;
The development of health care programs that vets and elephant owners can undertake to improve domesticated elephant health in Laos;
The development of viable and sustainable economic alternativesfor elephants and mahouts working in the logging industry.
ElefantAsia provides district veterinary technicians with a greater knowledge and skill base to perform of elephant health care. ElefantAsia’s mobile vet unit provides medical care to domesticated elephants as well as hands-on training to mahouts. Currently ElefantAsia undertake a systematic inventory of domesticated elephants living in the Sayaboury, Champassak and Vientiane provinces. Our mobile vet unit welcomes veterinarians from all over the world that may be willing to acquire hands-on field experience with Asian elephants. To complement the mobile veterinary unit, have also launched a national breeding program, the Baby Bonus program.
Currently ElefantAsia produces educational books and posters to children living in Laos. Our Lao elephant documentary was a big success, as well as our elephant museum in the tourist city of Luang Prabang.
To help the transition from logging to more environmentally friendly ventures, ElefantAsia have created the Lao Mahouts Association. This organisation aims to develop quality ecotourism activities for mahouts and their elephants. Elephant trekking is one example of the activities we promote, with a percentage of money raised from trekking used to cover mobile vet unit expenses. We can also recommend quality tourist camps currently employing domesticated elephants.
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