Rescue, Rehabilitate & Release
As Lao PDR is landlocked by 5 South-east Asian countries, it is a major illegal wildlife trafficking highway. Animals and their parts often come from as far as Africa, through Lao PDR and into mostly Vietnam and China. From Bears being shuttled to Bear bile farms, to Monkeys being sold as pets on markets and millions of Pangolin's scales, probably the most threatened animal you have never heard of, are being traded each year. All kinds of wildlife are being taken from the wild and introduced into the illegal wildlife trade. When the government confiscates wildlife, they turn to our wildlife rescue and conservation centre for support. Firstly, the trained LCTW Rescue Team will come to rescue and safely transport the animals back to our centre, our rescue team travels to any location in the whole of Laos. Then, at the centre, the animals receive suitable medical care, rehabilitation for release back to the wild or long-term homes.
When they first arrive at our centre, our full time Veterinary team will give them a health check and any other immediate care. After a quarantine period, we can evaluate the state of their mental and physical health. Those who we deem able, will enter into our rehabilitation programme that will hopefully result in their release. For the animals accepted into our Release programmes, we have built specially designed enclosures that limit their interaction with humans whilst encouraging their natural behaviours. Depending on the species, some will have large climbing structures, or foraging fields, open areas to fly in or pools to swim in. All designed to teach them the skills they will need to survive for a life back in the wild. Our international volunteers also design daily enrichment for our animals, to further encourage natural behaviours in preparation for a return to the wild.
Once they have passed final evaluation by our Veterinary team, we can release them into protected areas where we know they can live peacefully, without the risk of being poached again to be put back into the vicious circle of the illegal wildlife trade.
Many animals that have been confiscated by the government have completed our Rescue, Rehabilitate and Release programme successfully and now live freely in their natural habitat.