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 Expatriate Malaysia Travel Guide -
Kuala Gandah National Elephant (Sanctuary) Conservation Centre Pahang, Malaysia


Kuala Gandah National Elephant (Sanctuary) Conservation Centre Pahang, Malaysia
Kuala Gandah National Elephant (Sanctuary) Conservation Centre

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 ride the elephant within the centre, assist in bathing and feeding them.

Kuala Gandah National Elephant (Sanctuary) Conservation Centre Pahang, Malaysia
Elephants getting ready for hand feeding by visitors

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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.


Visitor Timetable at the Centre
Visitors are encouraged to participate in activities from 12.30 pm onwards.

Visitors may view a video on issues surrounding wild elephants, diminishing habitat and translocation
Visitors can participate in feeding the elephants, their lunch of banana, carrot, papaya etc.
 2.45pm ELEPHANT RIDES (Limit to 120 persons/day, register early to get the yellow sticker)
Visitors are invited to ride an elephant around the centre in a natural way without basket.
Visitors can join the elephants as they bathe and swim in the river under staff supervision.
 3.30pm -
Free Activities and visitors can only visit and watch the elephant during their dinner.

For more information, pleace contact:
National Elephant Conservation Centre (NECC)
Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP/PERHILITAN)
Kuala Gandah, 28500 Lanchang
Pahang Darul Makmur
Tel: 09-2790391

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Related Links:

- KL Bird Park
- National Science Centre
- Petrosains KLCC (
Science Discovery Centre)
- Galeri Petronas @ KLCC
National Art Gallery
- Sarawak Cultural Village
- Malaysia Tourism Centre, MTC
- WWF Malaysia
- List of official Tourism Site for all states in Malaysia

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