Embark on an unforgettable adventure at the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre, located in the quaint village of Lanchang. Managed by the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks, this sanctuary has been a beacon of hope for orphaned elephants since its establishment in 1989.
Here’s what you can expect at the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre:
As agricultural expansion encroached on their natural habitats, elephants faced dwindling foraging grounds. Some wandered into plantations and towns in search of food. Recognizing the urgency of the situation, the Department of Wildlife and National Parks initiated efforts to rescue, rehabilitate, and relocate these gentle giants to larger national parks across Peninsular Malaysia.
Over the past 25 years, the dedicated staff at Kuala Gandah, numbering over 35, have successfully relocated more than 400 wild elephants back into their natural habitat. While the centre undoubtedly draws tourists, it also plays a vital role in raising awareness about the plight of these magnificent creatures.
For families, especially those with young adventurers, a visit to Kuala Gandah is a must. Children will be captivated by the close encounters with elephants, witnessing their feeding and enjoying the unique experience of bathing these gentle giants. To ensure the well-being of the elephants, visits are limited to two sessions daily, and bathing is subject to suitable water levels.
To reach Kuala Gandah from Kuala Lumpur, it’s an approximately two-hour drive of around 200km. While tours are available, families can also opt for a taxi or rent a car for a self-guided journey. The sanctuary, situated along the East Coast Expressway, is accessible via exit 816 Lanchang Interchange (Lanchang/Raub/Kuala Lipis).
Don’t miss this chance to create cherished memories and deepen your appreciation for these magnificent creatures. The Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre is open daily from 10:30 AM to approximately 4 PM.
Kuala Gandah offers families a unique opportunity to interact with elephants, creating educational and heartwarming memories.
Families in Kuala Lumpur seeking an enriching day out, especially those with a love for wildlife and conservation.
Catch the enlightening National Geographic Video documentary showcasing the incredible work done at the sanctuary.
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