During our 114 years, we have forged the power of our global conservation work and the management of our five parks inNew York City to create the world’s most comprehensive conservation organization. We currently manage about 500 conservation projects in more than 60 countries; and educate millions of visitors at our five living institutionsin New York City on important issues affecting our planet.
WCS began working in Lao PDR in 1980’s surveying wildlife and habitats around the country to assist the government to create Lao PDR’s national protected area system. In the early 1990’s, WCS documented wildlife and habitats in many of the nearly created national protected areas and began supporting the government to train protected area managers, as well as raise awareness about illegal wildlife trade. Over the past decade, WCS has focused its efforts on working in protected areas in the Greater Northern Annamites.
WCS Global mission statement
The Wildlife Conservation Society saves wildlife and wild places worldwide. We do so through science, global conservation, education and the management of the world's largest system of urban wildlife parks, led by the flagship Bronx Zoo. Together these activities change attitudes towards nature and help people imagine wildlife and humans living in harmony. WCS is committed to this mission because it is essential to the integrity of life on Earth.
WCS Lao PDR mission statement
WCS is committed to working in the Greater Northern Annamites of Lao PDR because the area is home to unique wild habitats and endemic species, supports the livelihoods of several million people, and is increasingly threatened by human-induced processes. WCS Lao PDR’s vision for the Greater Northern Annamites of Lao PDR is that its unique ecosystems thrive indefinitely and are valued by the people of Lao PDR and the world for their biodiversity, natural beauty, and services provided to humanity.