I first met Sebastien & Gilles many years ago, after they had completed their epic "Caravan Xang" & before they had much idea what shape Elefantasia would take as a Charity. Since then, through their dedication and hard work, sensible cooperation with other Foundations and intimate cooperation with the Laos Government, Elefantasia has established itself as the only organisation I would trust when looking for ways to help Laos' captive elephants or as partners in cross boundary projects.
Director of Elephants at Anantara Golden Triangle's on-site Elephant Camp

John Edward Roberts

I have known both Sebastien and Gilles since they first started ElefantAsia. I watched them, green and inexperienced, build something wonderful starting from nothing. Especially admirable is the balance they have kept, working closely with the highest levels of government but also learning the Lao language and establishing very close relationships with mahouts. One of ElefantAsia’s greatest achievements is providing the Lao PDR, always seen as a backwater, with Asia’s first — and to this point, only — fully functional, modern registration database.
Member of the IUCN/SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group (AESG) and author of Gone Astray: The Care and Management of the Asian Elephant in Domesticity for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), The Elephant In Thai Life (Asia Books), Elephant Care Manual for Mahouts and Camp Managers (FAO).

Richard C Lair
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