Frequently asked questions
Can I visit the center?
Yes! We are open to the public everyday of the year.
Please stop by for a tour and learn about wildlife and conservation in Laos.
How do I get to the center?
There are a couple different options to get to our Center.
Book a taxi
You can book a taxi to drive you directly here, wait for you to have your tour and drive you back to Vientiane. We do not work with a particular company, but they are quite easy to find in Vientiane.
Book through a tour operator
Book a trip through a tour company such as Green Discovery, La Charme Hotel or Laos Mood Travel who can help setup your trip to visit us!
Travel like a local and take public transportation (2 Options)
→ Slow Option
From the Central Bus Station take the #29 bus to Southern Bus Station
When you arrive you will see silver vans in the back lot, on the right side. You should see LCTW logo on some of the vans and you can get in and they will bring you to our Center.
It should be noted that there can be many other stops on the way to LCTW. The ride can take anywhere from 1.5-3hrs.
→ Faster Option (For Risk Takers)
From Central Bus Station take bus #23 and get off at the last stop in Tha Ngon.
You then have to keep your eyes open for a minivan (usually silver) to drive by so you can flag them down. You should see a LCTW our sticker on their van as well (but not guaranteed). They will then take you to the gates of LCTW.
If you plan to take public transport it will most likely take you a full day to do travel from VTE-LCTW-VTE so please plan accordingly. There are hotels available in the area so if you’d like to stay the night we can always make recommendations.
How many animals are at LCTW?
An ever-increasing number, we currently house around 400 animals with about 70 different species!
Are there any endangered animals at LCTW?
Yes – many of the species housed here are endangered or critically endangered, meaning there is a very real risk of them going extinct in the near future. Some of these animals are part of our conservation breeding and reintroduction programs, whereas others are rescued from the illegal wildlife trade.
Can I volunteer at LCTW?
Yes, you can! Check out our volunteering projects here and feel free to get in touch if there’s a question we haven’t answered.
Is there a minimum period of stay for volunteers?
Yes, we ask that our volunteers commit for at least one week. If you’re interested in staying long-term, why not check out our job listings?
I have seen wildlife in need. What can I do to help?
If you are in Lao PDR and it is a wild animal, not a domestic species, please visit our Report Wildlife Crime page for full instructions on how to report it to us.
I think I have seen animal parts for sale. What can I do?
Animal products like ivory and bear bile are sadly sold widely and often openly across Laos. Note the location and take photos if it is safe to do so, then visit our Report Wildlife Crime page to let us know. We will send all of the information to the relevant authorities here in Lao PDR.
Can I release an animal I have kept since it was an infant?
No – releasing an animal straight from captivity, with no rehabilitation, will most likely cause it to die. You can contact us here and we can assess whether it is suitable for rehabilitation and release. If it’s not suited for release, we can offer it lifelong care in our wildlife sanctuary, where it can live in a habitat suited for it with appropriate social groupings.
If I send an animal to you which used to be my pet, can I visit it?
It is not always good for animals to see their ex-owners. When we receive ex-pets they often come in with mental issues due to their captivity. We use all of our resources to try to reverse these effects, encourage the behaviours they would exhibit in the wild and integrate them into natural social groupings. Seeing past owners can reverse the hard work needed to get the animal behaving naturally again. If animals have been integrated into our rehabilitation and release programme, we also keep human contact to an absolute minimum to aid in their rehabilitation. Ex-owners are always welcome to visit as guests, but for these reasons we cannot provide one-on-one interactions with ex-pets.