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Laos: A French NGO tries to save Laos Elephants

10 June 2009 - Botene, Laos - French vet Bertrand Bouchard working in the field for ElefantAsia gets a surprise when the elephant suddenly lets out a loud noise. ElefantAsia is a Laos based NGO set-up by two frenchmen working to save the Laos elephant. Two frenchmen Sebastien Duffillot and Gilles Maurer founded ElefantAsia in 2001, who's President is Dr Norin Chai, senior veterinarian at the French National Museum of Natural History, with the aim of saving the rapidly dimishing elephant numbers in Laos..Much of their work is conducted in the remote Sayaboury Province of Laos, a region home to 75% of the nation's domesticated elephant population and one of Laos' largest remaining wild elephant populations. With the traditional mahout culture still alive and active in Sayaboury, ElefantAsia strives to achieve a balance between wildlife utilization and effective species conservation and breeding. Photo credit: Luke Duggleby

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10 June 2009 - Botene, Laos - French vet Bertrand Bouchard working in the field for ElefantAsia gets a surprise when the elephant suddenly lets out a loud noise. ElefantAsia is a Laos based NGO set-up by two frenchmen working to save the Laos elephant. Two frenchmen Sebastien Duffillot and Gilles Maurer founded ElefantAsia in 2001, who's President is Dr Norin Chai, senior veterinarian at the French National Museum of Natural History, with the aim of saving the rapidly dimishing elephant numbers in Laos..Much of their work is conducted in the remote Sayaboury Province of Laos, a region home to 75% of the nation's domesticated elephant population and one of Laos' largest remaining wild elephant populations. With the traditional mahout culture still alive and active in Sayaboury, ElefantAsia strives to achieve a balance between wildlife utilization and effective species conservation and breeding. Photo credit: Luke Duggleby