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Elephant Conservation Center - Xayaboury Province

Laos, Southeast Asia: March 28 - April 08 2015
While in Laos, filming an episode of Angry Planet, we spent a night at the Elephant Conservation Center to learn more about the work they do.

The Elephant Conservation Center (ECC) focuses on providing Lao Elephant cows with a safe environment to give birth and raise their calves. At the same time the Elephant Center is supplying an income for their owners through soft responsible tourism with the protected Elephants.

The Elephant Conservation Center also contains a specialized elephant hospital and laboratory, capable of detailed blood analysis and the provision of full-time care for two injured elephants at the same time. Numbers of Elephants in Laos, the former “Kingdom of One Million Elephants,” are steadily decreasing. Many elephants disappear through natural death or by export activities and dangerous work. Therefore, the need for a coordinated elephant breeding program in Laos has long been recognized by Asian elephant experts. The Elephant Conservation Center differentiates itself from other Lao elephant camps by being a haven for elephant reproduction, lactation, recovery and disease diagnosis.

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One of the elephants at the ECC that we encountered while out on a trail walk in the jungle.
Drinking.
The elephants enjoying the riverbank.

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Elephant in the vast forest of Laos.
I got to spend some time meeting many of the elephants, and the people who take care of them.
This was the sunset view from the Elephant Conservation Center. The hazy, smoky sky is a direct result of widespread agricultural slash and burn practices.

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