The Laos Wildlife Rescue Centre (LWRC) hosts wild animals that were confiscated from illegal traders, held as pets or mistreated. Some are rehabilitated and can be released back to the wild, and the ones who sadly can't will receive life long care in the safe, natural environments the LWRC has created in their Wildlife Sanctuary. The LWRC also cooperates with the National Lao Zoo striving to improve the conditions of their animals, with the vision of transforming the zoo into a world class mixed species wildlife sanctuary, which is crucially needed in Lao PDR.
The LWRC is currently working on introducing day tours to the rescue center in the near future.
In the meantime, visitors may visit the Laos zoo to see some of the results of LWRC's cooperation with the zoo. When doing so, please take into account that the centre is still in the early stages of its development, and while many positive changes have come about, we are still working to complete the transformation of the Lao Zoo into a world-class rescue centre. In order for them to do this, they depend on the kind donations from sponsors and volunteers to fund their projects and rescue efforts.
Currently the main daily tasks of volunteers at the Laos Wildlife Rescue Centre are helping with animal food and care, the assistance at the wildlife hospital and quarantine center and building or renovating animal enclosures at the zoo that is connected to the wildlife rescue center. Please be aware the LWRC is strictly hands off.
Volunteers will have no physical contact with the animals, but will be able to observe them exhibiting all of their natural behaviors while giving them enrichments and working around them and see the direct impact that you can make to almost 600 animals! The work is challenging but highly rewarding as volunteers can instantly see the benefits of their efforts and truly make a difference in a developing project. Volunteers are provided with 3 meals a day and stay onsite. The minimum commitment is 1 week.
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Laos is one of the major gateways of illegal wildlife trade from South-east Asia into China. Thousands of protected wild animals are being traded through our country every day, with only a few being rescued, confiscated or donated to the first and only multi-species rescue center in Laos, LWRC. Early in 2015 the LWRC was founded in cooperation with the Lao government, the national Lao Zoo, and consulting wildlife NGO’s with the objective of setting up a wildlife rescue unit to assist wildlife law enforcement and turn the zoo into a wildlife rescue facility with better care and international animal welfare standards.
There are many wild animals at the Laos Wildlife Rescue Center and the connected zoo: various species of Macaques and Gibbons as well as Slow Loris. The place also cares for over 20 Bears of two species, many Birds species, Crocodiles and Deer. With just under 600 animals and a large diversity of species, they offer a unique experience of visiting and working with Southeast Asian wildlife.
Working with cooperating NGO’s and the Lao government, the LWRC has been able to successfully rescue, rehabilitate and release many animals back into wild protected areas.LWRC is involved with many different conservation projects in Laos and on a global scale. The projects focus on specific endangered species, biodiversity protection and the education of local people on how they can help protect their wildlife..