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Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Lanchang
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The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) established National Elephant Conservation Centre in 1989. The centre is a base for the Elephant Relocation Team, which began the elephant translocation programme in 1974. The only one of its kind in Malaysia, the team is dedicated to locating, subduing and then translocating problem elephants from areas where their habitats are constantly being encroached by plantations, to other suitable habitats throughout Peninsular, including Taman Negara National Park. Over the past 30 years the 24 strong team has helped to prevent the further decline of the elephant population by relocating more than 450 wild elephants. In addition of being the home to the translocation team and a herd of resident elephants, the centre also carries out public awareness activities related to the conservation issues of elephants in Malaysia. It also supports research activities on elephant translocation and conservation. The centre is open to visitors throughout the year. Visitors can assist in bathing and feeding them.
The awareness activities strive to educate the public about the importance of the species and habitat protection. Visitors are encouraged to view a video presentation on elephant translocation at the centre. Upon request special programme can be arranged for school groups. A scheduled visitors programme is available, which could be referred under the “ Visitor Timetable” below.
The Resident Elephants at the Centre
The centre houses a number of resident elephants which were brought in from Thailand and Myanmar. These elephants are trained and used in translocation exercise of catching problem wild elephants in throughout Peninsular Malaysia. The centre also looks after orphaned elephants to ensure their continued survival.
The Asian Elephants
The Peninsular Malaysian elephants belongs to the Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) is listed as a critically endangered species, with less than 40,000 wild elephants in Asia, including a maximum of 1,200 wild elephants in Peninsular Malaysia. Protecting the Asian elephants help safeguard thousands of other species within its habitat. The elephant creates vital natural pathways by knocking over trees, allowing smaller species to feed, as well as dispersing plant seeds in its dung. However, due to habitat loss, elephants are forced to hunt for food in convert areas surrounding forest such as plantations, where they raid crops on a massive scale. This is why the translocation team has such a dire responsibility to move these elephants, to prevent them from otherwise being shot by farmers, or simply dying of starvation.
The elephant sanctuary welcomes any form of assistance and support. Contributions and donations can be made directly when visiting the center in person.
Visitor Timetable at the Centre
The information provided here is directly sourced from the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks and do not constitute our program to you
Activities usually begins from 1pm onwards. The center is not a tourist destination hence visitors should not expect a program designed for visitors comfort and pleasure.
PLAYING WITH THE ELEPHANTS
Visitors can play with the elephants around the centre.
Visitors can participate in feeding the elephants, their dinner of banana, carrot, papaya etc.
Visitors may view a video on issues surrounding wild elephants, diminishing habitat and translocation.
Monday - Thursday
Saturday, Sunday & Public Holiday
First Show - 1.00 pm
Second Show - 1.30 pm
Third Show - 2.00 pm (Friday only)
First Show - 12.30 pm
Second Show - 1.00 pm
Third Show - 1.30 pm
We arrange a day trip to visit the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Pahang where you can observe the Asian elephants, bath with them and watch a documentary on the pachyderms. It is approximately 2.5 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. On the same trip, time permitting, you will stop by the Deerland Park where you get to see the Malayan Sun Bears, Samba deer, peacocks, pheasants and many other wildlife.
You may even visit an indigenous Che Wong tribe settlement near the sanctuary which is walking distance from the Elephant Sanctuary. Che' Wong Tribe is one of the minority tribes found in Peninsular Malaysia. They are probably the smallest tribe among the few aboriginal tribes that live in the forests of the Krau Forest Reserve. There are several huts in this village, mostly made of bamboo and rattan and built on stilts in case of floods. There is a visitor centre where visitors may learn about the traditions and history of this tribe.
We will also stop by small towns and join locals during their tea break or lunch. Mingle with the locals and you might learn something not written in the travel books.
Rate in Malaysian Ringgit
RM650 for a 10 seater van
What does it include?
We provide a transfer service. The English speaking driver only provides casual information on attractions and destinations. Pickup 9am. Depart from location approximately 4pm
What does it exclude
Donation to the elephant sanctuary and indigenous tribe village, Deerland Entrance Fee(RM5 per person), tips, meals, insurance
What to bring/wear?
Wear light breathable clothing, strapped sandals
Bring a set of dry clothes, towel, day pack, pocket money, snacks/drinks, sun block
The Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre located within 3 hours drive north east of Kuala Lumpur.