Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization (LAEO), previously The Earth Organization (TEO), is an international non-governmental organization which describes itself as “independent, grass roots, international non-profit, conservation and environment organization, with new solutions, committed to the creative, responsible rehabilitation of Planet Earth and the plant and animal kingdoms.”
The organization was founded in 2003 by South African conservationist Lawrence Anthony (1950 – 2012) and is best known for its activities related to the welfare of elephants and rhinos. LAEO is a World Elephant Day associate.
After Anthony’s death in 2012 the organization changed its name to honour its founder.
LAEO members come from all walks of life, from all cultures, races and religious backgrounds, all motivated by a common cause, to reverse the dwindling spiral of life on Earth, and create a healthy habitable Planet on which all life flourishes and prospers.
The Lawrence Anthony Earth Organization’s international offices, based in Durban South Africa, work in association with other environmental groups around the world in projects of mutual interest. One of these co-venture partners is The Earth Organization in the United States (a 501(c) 3 corporation with non-profit status).
LAEO is registered as a non-profit organization in South Africa with branches, or so called chapters in Cameroon, France, Uganda, Ghana, India, Namibia and other countries around the globe. The chapters are independent, self-funded groups of individuals focusing on environmental issues and needs in their area but working closely in conjunction with head office. Head office offers guidance and support wherever possible.
LAEO focuses on environmental education projects, as well as the establishment of community game reserves, the protection of Animals in War Zones, Rhino anti-poaching and Water research and non-toxic remediation thereof.