Tuesday, January 14, 2020

The end for Lao’s elephants?

By:  ASEAN Post, January 12, 2020

The end for Lao’s elephants?

The elephant is a cultural symbol in Lao probably due to the fact that at one period in time, the country was known to have a large number of these mighty mammals roaming its lands free. So much so that before it was ever known as Lao, people used to call parts of the country Lan Xang or Land of a Million Elephants.


As of last year, however, both the government of Lao and conservation groups believe the robust Asian elephant population the country once boasted of has now dwindled to about 800 where 400 are wild elephants and 400 are in captivity; and even these shrinking populations are under constant threat.

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