Friday, May 08, 2009

Kuala Gandah

A rogue elephant's skull being displayed at the information centre.

Elephant's Sanctuary

KUALA GANDAH is located within two hour's drive from Kuala Lumpur in the vicinity of the Krau Forest Reserve in Pahang. If you a back-to-Nature adventure, especially if elephants are your favourite animals, this is definitely a not-to-be-missed place on your tour itinerary. There are quite a number of tour operators that provide day trips to this place, so call them.

If you are planning to go there on your own, unless you are familiar, we suggest you hire a chauffeured car. It will be easier for locals to navigate.

Elephant Conservation Efforts
Kuala Gandah gained its famed via its elephant conservation efforts and the elephant conservation center was established in 1989 by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks.

An elephant relocation team has been operating from here since 1974, relocating pachyderms displaced by development, rehabilitating elephants injured by traps, as well as bringing up abandoned baby elephants.

There is an information center here to promote awareness on its activities, especially public awareness of the Malaysia elephants as well as to conduct and support research into elephant and subsequently environment conservation

With guided tours, you will get an idea of hos the place operates and what it is for.

Among activities conducted at the center are feeding and bathing elephants as well as elephant rides. The centre is very popular during school holidays catering to school groups.

NOTE: Opening times have been revised from 8.00am to 5.00pm daily. Activities with the elephant start at 2pm daily and at 2:45pm on Fridays to allow Muslims to conduct their prayers. Visitors can book elephant rides and bathe the elephants. However, participation is limited to 120 persons daily. For details, call 09-2790391.

Che' Wong Orang Asli Village at Kuala Gandah

The Che Wong tribe is one of the smallest Orang Asli groups.

Within walking distance from the elephant sanctuary is a small Orang Asli village inhabited by the Che' Wong tribe, one of the smallest groups of indigenous people living on the perimeters of the Krau Forest Reserve in Pahang.

There are about 25 houses here, simple and built on stilts with bamboo, rattan, attap and hard wood as the main components of the structure. Some of the houses house more than one family unit while others support only one.

You will see some fascinating handiwork of the orang asli, utilising jungle produce in their day-to-day living.

Some of them still live off the jungles, collecting forest products such as rattan and barks. However many, especially the younger generation, have found work in the plantations and factories nearby the settlement.

On special occasions, the villagers make handicraft for sale such as head gears and other small souvenirs.

The orang asli villagers here are quite shy. The elders may be more chatty than the womenfolk or the children.

If you were to visit this place, please mind your manners. Their customs may vary from yours vastly and could be offensive. It helps to have a local take you around, though.

Check with your guide on this if a tour is conducted here.


AISAH BIBI said...

im one of the ele-friend.
could you update this blog about National Elephant Conservation centre?
this centre open to public from 8.00am to 5.00pm but all the activities with the elephant start only at 2.00pm but for friday 2.45pm. Visitors can book for elephant ride n bath because it's only limit 120 person to join this program. for more info just call 09-2790391. Hope this information can make you update this blog. bye...... manja

Aland said...

I would love to tour the various places of interest I have read in the blogs. Will the hotels in Kuala Lumpur provide guides with taxis for sightseeing?