Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) established National
Elephant Conservation Centre in 1989. The centre is the base for the
Elephant Unit, which began the elephant translocation programme in 1974.
only one of its kind in Malaysia, the team is dedicated to locating,
subduing and then translocate problem elephants from areas where their
habitats are being encroached by development. These elephants are then
relocated to safer habitats including Taman Negara National Park. Over
the past 30 years, this team has helped to resolve human-elephants
conflicts and minimised the economic losses caused by such conflicts by
relocating more than 700 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 which are related to elephant translocation and conservation.
The centre is open to visitors throughout the year. 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 activity filmed in 1996 together
with the National Geographic at the centre. Upon request, special
programme can be arranged for school groups. A scheduled visitors
programme is available and could be referred under the "Visitor Time
The Resident Elephants at the Centre
centre houses a number of trained elephants for the translocation of
wild elephant from the conflict area throughout Peninsular Malaysia.
These elephants are trained and used in translocation exercise
throughout Peninsular Malaysia. Apart from all the activities mentioned
earlier, the centre also looks after orphaned elephants.
The Asian Elephants
Elephants in Peninsular Malaysian belong to the Asian elephants (Elephas maximus),
it is listed as a critically endangered species, with less than 1,200
wild elephants roam in Peninsular Malaysia. Protecting the Asian
elephants help to 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 via its dung. However, due to habitat loss, elephants are forced
to hunt for food in areas surrounding forest such as plantations and
orchards. This initiate human-elephant conflict when they started to
raid crops on a massive scale. This is why the translocation team has
such a dire responsibility to catch and relocate these elephants in
order to minimize the damage and also to harm to the elephants.
Visitors are encouraged to participate in activities planned by NECC which start at 10.30 a.m. in the morning.
10.30 am – 12.00 pm
Elephant observation along the interpretive trail.
Visitor will be able to observe the young elephant roaming freely within the secured electric fencing area.
1.00 pm & 1.30 pm
A documentary shows translocation of wild elephants to their new habitat
Bathing and cleaning of elephants by mahout
The visitors will watch the elephant bath given by mahout with explanations by NECC staff.
2.45 pm – 3.15 pm
Elephant conservation talks at interpretive stage.
Visitors will be introduced to each of the elephants which include their background and ability.
Note: Please be informed that there is no elephant rides provided in this centre.
are encouraged to appreciate video show which potrays the translocation
of wild elephant from conflict area to their new habitat:
Monday - Thursday
First show : 1.00 pm
Second show : 1.30 pm
Third show : 2.00 pm ( Friday only)
Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays
First show : 12.30 pm
Second show : 1.00 pm
Third show : 1.30 pm
How to Get There
is situated about 15 km from Lanchang town within Temerloh District,
Pahang. Visitors can take a comfortable drive to the centre where ample
parking facilities are available.
Visitors are encouraged to contact the centre to facilitate arrangements if you are coming in a big group. The
centre welcomes visitors to the National Elephant Conservation Centre
with the aim of being educated and outdoor experience on elephant
Your Support and Contribution Needed
National Elephant Conservation Centre at Kuala Gandah is managed by the
Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia.
Continuous efforts are being undertaken to enhance the existing
facilities either for research and development or visitors to the
centre. The Department strives to make this centre as the region's most
outstanding elephant training and conservation centre. We welcome any
form of assistance and support.
pertaining to assistance and contribution can be forwarded to the staff
at the centre. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular
Malaysia has established the Elephant Trust Fund to facilitate donation
from the public. You can also forward your enquiries by writing to the
Monday - Sunday
8.00 am - 1.00 pm
2.30 pm- 4.30 pm
8.00 am- 12.30 pm
2.30 pm - 4.30 pm
The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) Peninsular Malaysia would like to clarify its stand regarding www.myelephants.org,
a website featuring the National Elephant Conservation Centre at Kuala
Gandah, Lanchang, Pahang, which comes under the direct jurisdiction of
The website, as well as the bank account for donations, have been set up without any affiliation with or consent from the DWNP.
DWNP is fully responsible for the management of elephants in Peninsular
Malaysia and thus has the necessary resources to support all elephant
conservation related activities. However, if any members of the public
who wish to donate for te conservation of elephants in Malaysia or at
this centre should send the donations directly to the DWNP.
Please be advised that the DWNP does not receive funds from the public via third party bank accounts.