Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Pahang

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Pahang

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary is an elephant conservation center plays a big role creating awareness among the public (locals and tourists alike). Click here

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Pahang Summary

  • Attraction: Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Pahang
  • Location: Pahang Malaysia
  • Attraction Type: Attraction in Malaysia

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About Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary / National Conservation Center

Lanchang is a small village where you can find an elephant sanctuary named Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre or the Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary. The elephant sanctuary was established in 1989 within the Krau Wildlife Reserve and is managed by the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks. Here many orphaned elephants are raised and given shelter. Not long after tourists found out about the elephant shelter the town quickly evolved into a popular tourist attraction. Kuala Gandah (Lanchang) is probably the best place on Peninsular Malaysia to come face to face with an elephant.

Rehabilitating and relocating elephants

Mainly due to agricultural development the elephants’ natural foraging grounds shrunk smaller and smaller over time. Finding food became more difficult and as a result some of the elephants were found in plantations and sometimes even in the small towns looking for food. As the Asian Elephant is an endangered species; people are encouraged not to kill or hurt the animals but to report them to the Department of Wildlife and National Parks so they can capture, rehabilitate and relocate the elephants to the larger national parks throughout Peninsular Malaysia (like Taman Negara).

The past 25 years the staff at Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary (currently over 35 people work at the sanctuary) helped to prevent the further decrease of the elephant population by relocating over 400 wild elephants back into the wild. Some might say that the elephant conservation center is nothing more than a tourist attraction. Though this might be partly true, it also plays a big role into creating more awareness among the public (locals and tourists alike).

Families that are traveling with kids should not miss a visit to Kuala Gandah. Kids will forever fall in love with elephants after they experience the close interaction at Kuala Gandah. Visitors can witness feeding and bathing of the elephants, a great experience especially for children. To minimize stress for the elephants’ visitors can only see the elephants 2 times a day. Bathing of the elephants is only possible if water levels are high enough.

Important to watch is the National Geographic Video documentary that is shown a few times daily; weekdays at 1pm, 1.30pm & 2pm (on Fridays only), weekends at 12.30pm, 1pm & 1.30pm.

It is roughly a two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur (around 200km). There are organized tours from Kuala Lumpur, though you can also get a taxi or rent a car to drive there yourself. The elephant sanctuary is located along the East Coast Expressway between Kuala Lumpur and the city of Kuantan in eastern peninsular. From the main highway you get off at exit 816 Lanchang Interchange (Lanchang/Raub/Kuala Lipis). From there you can follow the signs to Kuala Gandah (or keep heading towards Lanchang). The sanctuary is opened daily between 10.30 and about 4pm.

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How to Get to National Elephant Conservation Centre, Kuala Gandah, Lanchang, Pahang.

The journey to Kuala Gandah, Lanchang, Pahang from Kuala Lumpur by own transportation takes about 2 hours through East Coast Expressway (Lebuh Raya Pantai Timur) end up at Lanchang junction.


There are accommodation provided nearby National Elephant Conservation Centre (NECC) such as homestay managed by local communities.

Nature Guide Services

Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre : Visitors are encouraged to use Nature Guide Services during your visit at NECC Kuala Gandah. Fee of RM50.00 for one Nature Guide Service (Maximum 12 people for one nature guide service).

The visitor’s timetables are:

1030 – 1100
River (Wooden bridge)
Adult elephants bathe in the river
1030 – 1600
Exercise yard
Adult elephants in the grazing area
10.30 – 1645Activities areaObservation and hand feeding young elephants
1100 – 1130
River (Activities area)
Young elephants’ bath in the river
1130 – 1200
(Except Friday – Sunday and
Public Holiday)
River (Wooden bridge)
Adult elephants bathe in the river
1415 – 1445 /

1500 – 1530 (Friday)

River (Activities area)
Adult elephants bathe in the river

*Call Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Pahang for latest schedule.
*Subject to change


  1. The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (PERHILITAN) Peninsular Malaysia would like to clarify its stand regarding www.wildlife.gov.my is under the direct jurisdiction of the PERHILITAN.
  2. The website, as well as the bank account for donations, have been set up without any affiliation with or consent from the PERHILITAN.
  3. The PERHILITAN 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 the conservation of elephants in Malaysia or at this centre should send the donations directly to the PERHILITAN.

Please be advised that the PERHILITAN does not receive funds from the public via third party bank accounts

*Source: pahangtourism.org.my, wildlife.gov.my

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Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary: The Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre is an elephant sanctuary located in Temerloh in the state of Pahang, Malaysia within the Krau Game Reserve. The Centre was established in 1989 by the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks, and forms a base for the Elephant Relocation Team, which since 1974 has been rescuing problem Asian elephants whose habitats are being lost to cultivation or development and relocating them to suitable habitats such as Taman Negara.

The Centre also aims to raise public awareness and support research and has increasingly become a popular tourist attraction since its existence began to be publicized in 1997. Visitors to the Centre are shown a video, then watch the elephants being washed and fed. This used to be followed by riding on an elephant but now, visitors are being given the chance to go into the river with two younger elephants. Daily visitor admissions are subject to strict quotas and advance booking is strongly recommended.

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Contact Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary Pahang

For more information about Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre, please contact:

National Elephant Conservation Centre (NECC)
Kuala Gandah, 28500 Lanchang
Pahang Darul Makmur, Malaysia
Tel: 013-931 9650 Counter: 013-908 8207

Email: necc[at]wildlife[dot]gov[dot]my
Website: www.wildlife.gov.my