Welcome to Kuala Gandah The national Department of Wildlife and National Parks established the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in 1989. The center is a base for the elephant relocation team, which began the translocation program in 1974. Being the only one of its kind in Malaysia, the team's duty is to track down, sedating and relocating problem elephants from areas whose natural habitats are constantly encroached by human developments, namely plantations. The captured wild elephants are then relocated to National Parks. Over the past 25 years the 24 strong team has helped the prevent the further decline of the elephant population by relocating more than 500 wild elephants.
Optional Tour ( Deer Sanctuary )
This deer sanctuary is situated in Bukit Rengit, Lanchang, about 140km from Kuantan. Traverse the park's 'Nature Garden' on an elevated boardwalk and marvel at its varieties of herbs and plants. The highlight of a visit here will be the interesting and fascinating deer-feeding session.
The park's 'Animal World' offers attractions such as ostriches, peacocks, deer and a sunbear. Visitors can also go camping or join a guided tour to learn basic jungle survival skills.
The Elephants at the Center There are currently 8 residence elephants, 2 of which are from Thailand to assist in the wild elephant relocation exercise namely Cek Mek and Mek Bunga. Mentompian, a 26-year-old female from Burma, and Abot, a teenage female from Johor, are both being trained to replace the 2 aging elephants. The center also looks after orphaned elephants, which are unable to survive on their own. Mawar, 2 years old and Chepor (3 years) are such two orphan elephants - found lost and wandering by the relocations team that decided to assume the role of parents to this lovely cute baby elephants! The one and only male elephant in the center, Chepor will be the star among them
Departure for Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary-12.30pm
Arrival at Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary. Light lunch-01.00pm
Briefing & a 30-minute National Geographic documentary at the Visitors Information Centre-01.45pm
Feeding, grooming, bathing and riding of the elephants-04.00pm
The Asian Elephant:
Currently the Asean elephant is listed as a critically endangered species, with less than 40,000 wild elephants in Asia and 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 the raid crops on a massive scale. This is why the translocation team has such a dire need to move these elephants, to prevent them from otherwise being shot by farmers, or simply dying of starvation.
Visitor Timetable at the Center:
Visitors are encouraged to participate in activities from 1.00pm onwards.
1.00-2.00pm: VIDEO SHOW: Visitors may view a video on issues surrounding wild elephants, diminishing habitat and translocation
2.15pm ELEPHANT FEEDING & RIDERS: Visitors are invited to ride and elephant around the centre. Visitors can participate in feeding the elephants, their dinner of banana, carrot, papaya etc.
2.30pm BATHING: Visitors can join the elephants as they bathe and swim in the river under staff supervision.
3.45pm VIDEO SHOW: Visitors may view a video on issues surrounding wild elephants, diminishing habitat and translocation
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