Elephant conservation in Laos is hampered by the lack of economic development. It used to be known as the Land of a Million Elephants. Sadly however, this is not the case today; although the country does retain a significant amount of forest cover, which could provide the basis for a progressive policy of elephant conservation.
Laos Elephant Population Figures
Elephant Range: 20,000 km² approx
Country Ranking: 6th of 13
Total Wild Elephants: 781 - 1,202
Country Ranking: 6th or 7th of 13
Total Captive Population: 1,100 - 1,350
Country Ranking: 4th of 13
Source: R Sukumar - A Brief Review of the Status, Distribution and Biology of Wild Asian Elephants Elephas maximus- International Zoo Yearbook 2006
While this information source is considered the very best available, accurate data on wild elephant populations is difficult to obtain and scientifically verify.