Our History and Future
The Lao Conservation Trust for Wildlife (LCTW) is based in a small town 60km north of the capital of Lao P.D.R, Vientiane.
In early 2015, the Lao Zoo, which is operated by a Lao-Thai family, called upon other Wildlife NGOs to consult at the zoo. This is when the rescue centre and sanctuary projects first started, the first multi species rescue centre in Laos.
Since 2015, the centre has grown, our projects have expanded and in 2018, the LCTW was born. This makes us the first and only non-profit multi species rescue, conservation and education centre, registered in Laos. Along with continuing to grow our Sanctuaries, Wildlife Hospital and our Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release programmes.
Part of what makes the LCTW so unique are the many aspects to our project.
Our non-profit wildlife foundation runs a multi species wildlife centre in the hotspot for illegal wildlife trade in South-east Asia. Here, we give the best care to wildlife that can be released back into the wild with our many Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release programmes. Those who unfortunately are not suited to be released, will take refuge here at our Wildlife Sanctuary. Where we will give lifelong care in specially designed enclosures to replicate their natural lives.
We work with authorities in Laos to co-investigate cases from the illegal wildlife trade, whilst rescuing wildlife. We have rescued many species from the illegal trade and have rehabilitated and released all suitable candidates. Thousands of illegally traded animals are moved through Lao PDR every day, we aim to help as many as we can.
We are part of species specific conservation programmes in collaboration with global conservation projects. LCTW is a refuge for many key species which are Endangered and Critically Endangered in the wild.
Our Lao Zoo project aims to improve the lives of all of the animals within Lao PDR’s National Zoo. Previous to our arrival, the animals have been kept in conditions with much room for improvement for the animal’s husbandry and welfare. LCTW has the knowledge and expertise to be able to improve the animal’s enclosures, diets, create enrichment schedules and provide 24/7 veterinary care, among many other things. We have made huge strides to improve the welfare of the zoo animals and this continues.
In the future, we hope to build LCTW into a rescue, conservation and education centre of world class standard, which is so crucially needed in Lao PDR. LCTW will be a refuge for wildlife of any species, along with caring for the existing Lao Zoo animals for rest of their lifespans. We will continue to Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release as much illegally kept and traded wildlife as possible. We will also continue to work with the Lao Government and other non-governmental organisations to change policies to tackle the issues which all wildlife is facing here in Laos. Our Educational outreach programmes will develop and improve further to make an impact for the local people and give Lao people the access to knowledge about the wonderful wildlife in their country and how they can help to protect it.