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Laos General Info
Where to visit in Laos
Trek Vieng Phoukha, Laos
Adventure Trek in Laos
Hotel in Muang Sing, Luang Namtha Province, Laos
Wildlife in Laos

Laos is home to over one hundred species of large mammal. Many of these are familiar Asian species such as Tiger, Asian Elephant and Gaur (a species of wild cattle). Laos is also home to an impressive diversity of primates including five species of gibbon, five species of macaque and fours species of leaf monkey including the incredibly beautiful Douc Langur.

In recent years Laos has received international attention after the discovery of an incredible variety of species new to science. These recent discoveries include the Saola, a strange and beautiful forest dwelling antelope-like creature, an incredible diversity of small deer species known as muntjacs, a small striped rabbit and a completely new family of rodent known locally as the Kha-nyou and closely related to porcupines.

In addition to mammals, Lao supports over 165 species of amphibians and reptiles, including species such as the Rock and Burmese Pythons, King Cobras and the large and noisy Tokay Gecko (Gekko gecko) a formidable resident of many Lao houses.

Opportunities to view this incredible diversity of wildlife are steadily growing. A long history of market and subsistence hunting have depressed many wildlife populations across the country. The increase in ecotourism and traveler's interest in viewing wildlife now provides positive financial reinforcement for residents to conserve many of these species. Let people know that you want to visit the habitats of Lao wildlife. In particular there are several projects that specifically search for gibbons and elephants.

  • Elephant Treks in Xe Pian National Protected Area: Elephant rides to the top of Phou Asa and back are available from Kiet Ngong Village. Elephant-back trips can also be arranged from Kiet Ngong and Pha Pho Villages to other places inside the Xe Pian National Protected Area.
  • Elephant Park Project in Luang Prabang: TigerTrail, Luang Phabang’s oldest Eco Tourism provider, now presents the Elephant Park Project. This initiative offers a range of exciting outdoor activities while supporting local communities and protecting Elephants.
  • Elephant Tower at Ban Na: Overnight stay in this tower gives visitors a chance to see one of the last remaining herds of wild elephants in Laos. The tower is operated and managed by the villagers of Ban Na.
  • The Gibbon Experience: Tree-top accommodation located inside the Bokeo Nature Reserve with access to a forest canopy cable network.
  • Elephant Treks in Hongsa: The Hongsa Tourist Information Center in Sayaboury Province offers two-hour-to-three-day elephant treks.
   
 
 

 
 
 

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Laos Travel Guide-Laos Tourists Information-Laos Ecotourism Info, Guide to Laos, some info from:
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