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Elephant Sanctuary tourKuala Lumpur, Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia Phone: Not Available
AboutThe elephant sanctuary is located near Lanchang (there is a small road heading north, just before a BP station), then left at the next intersection. From this point on just head due north and there are enough signposts to guide you. It's in the center of Peninsular Malaysia, about 150 km or no more than 2 hours drive from Kuala Lumpur. The sanctuary is managed by the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks. This centre was established in 1989. It offers visitors a hands-on introduction to the largest mammal on earth. Worker elephants are trained to help "guide and mother' others during the relocation process to National Park wildlife sanctuaries. The juniors have a sense of humor, so watch out for a dunking as you try to clamber up their backs! A base for the Elephant Relocation Team which started in 1974. Being the only centre in Malaysia, the team is dedicated to locating, subduing, and trans locating elephants from areas where their habitats are constantly being encroached by plantations, to Malaysia's National Parks such as Taman Negara. Over the past 25 years the team has successfully relocated around 400 elephants to national parks, bringing the wild elephant population in Malaysia from an alarming low of 500 to about 1200 (2003). If you're lucky enough to get over there, the guides make every effort to allow visitors to ride and bathe these wonderful mammals. As well as being a base for the trans location team and a home for a number of resident elephants, Kuala Gandah also aims to promote public awareness of the elephantâs plight in Malaysian and to support research into elephantsâ trans location and conservation. Visitors are welcome throughout the year to join the elephant activities, help wash them in the nearby river and participate in feeding. The centre also strives to educate the public about the importance of habitat and environmental preservation. Visitors are encouraged to view a video on elephant trans location and special programmes can be arranged for school groups.