The Asian elephant is disappearing along with the forest cover in Laos. Only about 1000 pachyderms are left in the southeast Asian country. Most of them are put to work in the forests, ironically helping to destroy their own habitat. That’s despite the fact that the animals are revered in Laotian culture. Only a combination of forest protection schemes and breeding programs can help to preserve their habitat on the one hand and stabilize and boost the elephant population on the other. Currently, some eight elephants die each year while only about three to four are born in the same period.
A film by Michael Altenhenne