• Association Anoulak

    Laos: Conserving & monitoring Asian elephants in the Annamite Mountains

  • Association Anoulak

    Laos: Conserving & monitoring Asian elephants in the Annamite Mountains

  • Association Anoulak

    Laos: Conserving & monitoring Asian elephants in the Annamite Mountains

  • Association Anoulak

    Laos: Conserving & monitoring Asian elephants in the Annamite Mountains

  • Association Anoulak

    Laos: Conserving & monitoring Asian elephants in the Annamite Mountains

In Brief

Conservation Value:

The Nakai-Nam Theun National Park (~4,000 km2), located in the Annamite Mountain Range, is one of the largest remaining contiguous forest blocks in the Indochinese peninsula and has a very high level of biodiversity and endemism. In Lao PDR this national park has been ranked as the highest priority for its national and global biodiversity importance. In 2008, the Nam Theun 2 Hydropower Project recreated a 450 km2 reservoir, flooding the core habitat of the resident elephant population (Elephas maximus) on the Nakai Plateau. Prior to the completion of the dam, the population was estimated at 132 elephants. Its current conservation status is unknown.

Threats:

Across mainland Southeast Asia, the greatest threat to large vertebrates is overhunting, as is the case for the Nakai-Nam Theun National Park, where many species have been extirpated or have had their populations greatly reduced in the past 2 or 3 decades.

Actions & Results:

Surveying using a non-invasive genetic sampling method to provide information on the population size, genetic diversity and social structure of the elephant population on the Nakai Plateau and surrounding areas. With this information in hand, technical meetings with stakeholders and partner organizations will establish a protocol for the long-term monitoring of the elephant population and the drafting of a Conservation Action Plan for the species.

Location:

Nakai Plateau, Nakai-Nam Theun National Park, Khammouan Province, Lao PDR

Goal:

To survey the Asian elephant population on the Nakai Plateau to determine its conservation status and to initiate a local action plan for the conservation of the species.

Project Field Partner:

Association Anoulak

Cost:

2022 budget (ICFC portion): US$20,000

Size of Area Involved:

~4,000 km2

Gallery

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Red-shanked douc association anoulak) (c)
White-cheeked gibbon in nakai - nam theun national park, laos
Large-antlered muntjac credit association anoulak
White-cheeked gibbon credit association anoulak
Large-antlered muntjac by association anoulak
Assamese macaque credit association anoulak
White-cheeked gibbon on camera-trap 2 credit association anoulak

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