Lao Zoo Project
In 1994 Lao Zoo was established and is operated by a Lao-Thai family. The family who operates the zoo wanted to improve their facilities and help conserve and protect the native flora and fauna of Laos. To do this they enlisted the help of South-east Asian Wildlife NGOs. After these discussions, a plan was then established to create Lao PDR’s first multi species wildlife rescue centre and to help improve the conditions of the animals living at Lao Zoo. Due to the success of the initial stages of the project, LCTW was formed which is a registered Lao non-profit organisation. Since then, initial plans have developed and grown incredibly, to turn Lao Zoo into a hub for conservation and education for the Lao people. Here are just some of the ways that our project has improved the husbandry, heath and conditions for the animals at the zoo.
- We have built many new enclosures, giving large spaces, specifically designed to replicate the animal's natural habitat and encourage the animal’s natural behaviours.
- We have been successful in integrating the zoo’s animals into more natural social groupings, such as Macaques who live in large troops. This gives the animals a constant source of natural stimulation.
- We have changed the old unsuitable diets. With the help of wildlife nutritionists, we have formulated the best diet for each animal ensuring all of their nutritional needs are met.
- The LCTW Veterinary team not only looks after all of our rescued animals, but they are available 24/7 for all of the animals at the Lao Zoo to provide them with the best Veterinary care.
- Our team has designed a daily enrichment schedule. This encourages the zoo’s animals to behave more naturally and gives them the much-needed stimulation for their mental and physical health. Our wonderful cohort of volunteers are always giving us new ideas to further stimulate the animals.
Our joint vision for the future of Lao Zoo, is to merge and become and part of our non-profit wildlife and conservation organisation, LCTW. Together our land can be a world class refuge for all the victims of the illegal wildlife trade of any species, in which many more wildlife rehabilitation facilities and sanctuaries can be built. Along with being a much-needed tool for education and access to knowledge for local people, with events and a free to access public educational centre based on the illegal wildlife trade and how to preserve Laos’ biodiversity.