Malaysia is a country boasting incredible natural scenery and abundant wildlife, and it only makes sense that they’re doing their best to conserve their wildlife. If you head to Lanchang, you will be able to visit the ever-so-famous elephant sanctuary that goes by the name of Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Center. A place that grants you the unreal opportunity of actually getting up close and personal to those gentle giants and gives you the opportunity to truly learn about them, instead of just watching them. The Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary is a great place to visit in Malaysia.
The park was established in 1989 and it was located inside of the Krau Wildlife Reserve. Currently it houses all orphaned elephants or ones that are in need, where they are given shelter, food, care and are raised there. This whole place is managed by the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National parks.
Of course now the town of Lanchang became more of a tourist hotspot due to this wildlife reserve and more and more people are coming to visit the quickly evolving and growing elephant park. It’s usually named as one of the best places to get to experience the elephants, come face to face with them and to learn all about them. A lot of people mention that it’s the best place to do so in the Peninsular Malaysia.
Reasons To Visit Elephant Sanctuary In Kuala Gandah:
Your Kids Will Absolutely Love It!
Traveling with kids is not usually the easiest thing in the world. They have demands and they’re not always the easiest to please. That’s why taking them to an elephant sanctuary is the best possible thing you can do while traveling. Your kids will:
- Fall in love with the elephants and the atmosphere.
- The whole experience in itself is very educating and eye-opening.
You Will Actually Be Helping The Sanctuary!
Everyone knows that zoos are not usually the most ethical place to visit, but a sanctuary is. By merely visiting and participating in the viewing of the elephants, you are actively helping those creatures. Just one elephant costs the government a lot of money. For example, to relocate one elephant about RM20.000 are needed to be paid. The funding is through the Department of Wildlife and National Parks.
Of course, this is not where all the funding comes from. Donations are one of the main income pools to the sanctuary.
Please Note That For The Safety Of The Elephants:
- The visitors are only allowed to see the elephants twice a day so as not to disturb them.
- The bathing of the elephants is usually very limited and is only possible if the water levels are high enough.
- You will need to watch the documentaries that they’re showing to get a gist of the history of the place, how to treat the elephants right, and everything else you might need to know. That documentary is by National Geographic. Shown on normal weekdays from 1, 1:30 and 2. And Weekends at 12:30, 1 and 1:30.
Things You Can Donate To The Sanctuary Include:
- Brown palm sugar.
- Anlene gold Milk.
- Dumex Duga.
How To Get To Kuala Gandah
If you’re starting at Kuala Lumpur then the whole journey will be about a 2 hour drive. You can choose:
- Taxi rides.
- Bus rides.
- The metro.
- Organized tours.
- Drive there yourself by renting a car.
What If You’d Rather Not Go To A Sanctuary?
If sanctuaries are not really your thing, you can also opt to check out the wild elephants. The best place to do that is:
Sabah is located in Borneo and the Kinabatangan River is famous for multiple elephant encounters. It’s not even just famous for the elephant encounters, but other animals as well. From Borneon Pygym Elephants, to mother elephants nursing their offspring, to much much more, the whole place is an incredible experience. Just be mindful and respectful to the environment.
You won’t have as good chances as you would in Sabah, but it’s just one of those places you can check out wild animals if you’re lucky.