Potential for Elephant Repopulation of the Nam Ha Protected Area, Lao PDR
In northern Lao PDR, the Nam Ha National Protected Area is the seasonal home of an “international herd” of wild elephants that regularly cross the border into China. While once numbering in the hundreds, the total population of wild elephants in this “Northern Lao Southern China Elephant Habitat Complex” is now estimated to be about 60 individuals. Despite threats from habitat degradation and conversion, human elephant conflict and hunting, extensive potential habitat for elephants remains in the Nam Ha NPA.
This project will provide information and training to create a sustainable foundation of the sound management needed for the repopulation of the Nam Ha NPA with wild elephants and for their conservation and protection into the future.