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Lao Conservation Trust for Wildlife

Cause Area

  • Animals
  • Environment


Laos Conservation Trust for WildlifeBan Keun, Thoulakhom District, Vientiane Province VientianeLaos Laos

Organization Information

Mission Statement

We are the Lao Conservation Trust for Wildlife, a Lao registered nonprofit wildlife center operating in Lao PDR, a key corridor for the illegal wildlife trade in South-east Asia, as a gateway between Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, Cambodia and China. Our mission is to eradicate the illegal wildlife trade and improve wildlife education and welfare in Laos. We rescue, rehabilitate and release as much wildlife as possible, as well as being involved in worldwide conservation projects. We are a multi-species rescue, conservation and education nonprofit; incredibly uniquely placed to address the crisis driving the rapid decline of many endangered species. We offer a 24/7 national wildlife rescue hotline and carry out rehabilitation work and advocacy efforts. With around 60 Lao staff, we are proud to be based in this beautiful and unique country.


Established in 1994 by a Lao-Thai family, the Lao Zoo was a popular attraction for locals and tourists alike. The zoo aimed to give people the opportunity to see and learn about Laos’ most striking species, whilst promoting their conservation and continued survival in the wild.

In 2012, the owners of the zoo started a major project to improve the existing facilities and grow the site into the country’s first ever multi-species wildlife conservation center, a shining beacon against the illegal wildlife trade in Laos. Following a period of collaboration with southeast Asian wildlife NGOs, the Lao Conservation Trust was formed, and registered as a non-profit organization in Laos.

We work with the Lao authorities and individuals who need our help, to rescue, rehabilitate and release as much wildlife as possible, most coming from the illegal wildlife trade. Those that are unsuited for release are cared for in our Wildlife Sanctuary with full time veterinary care and dedicated local keepers.

Volunteers are critical toward achieving our mission and goals at LCTW. We have volunteer programs that assist us in our important conservation work such as our Husbandry and Enrichment Program and the Veterinary Program. Come get your hands dirty with us!


Would you recommend Lao Conservation Trust for Wildlife?
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by Rebekah B. from GB (May 11, 2018)
The volunteer co-ordinators, Jake and Allanah, are awesome. They are so friendly and involve you in all activities throughout your stay. During the day you will get to help clean enclosures of the animals in quarantine, create enrichments for the monkeys, civets, bears and porcupines, feed the loris's and jackals and help improve enclosures. Each day is slightly different depending on the needs of the animals. The on-site Vets are fantastic too, and always willing to explain to you what animals they are treating and why. It's a great project and everyone who works here has a real passion for helping the animals. The volunteer accommodation is very cute, and you wake up to the morning calls of all the animals on site. Fab experience. You can experience living in a small rural town, getting to know the locals and find out what life is really like in Laos.
by Mia B. from CA (May 5, 2018)
This centre was amazing, so many great memories at this place! The staff are all so passionate about their work and do their best to make you feel at home and motivated. The animals were so amazing, and you feel so rewarded to see the changes you make them, making them enrichments and watching them be rehabilitated! I learned so much about the horrible illegal wildlife trade and got to see firsthand the amazing changes this organization is making in this third-world country. As you work directly with the on-site team, you get to see all the developments of turning the national Lao Zoo into a rescue centre! So inspiring and amazing to see and be apart of! Defintely will come back again!

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