Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre

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Visitors help to wash a young elephant at Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre

The Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre is an elephant sanctuary located in Temerloh in the state of Pahang, Malaysia.[1] within the Krau Game Reserve.[2]

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.[3] and relocating them to suitable habitats such as Taman Negara.[1] The Centre also aims to raise public awareness and support research, and has increasingly become a popular tourist attraction[4] since its existence began to be publicised in 1997.[2]

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.[1] Since limited budget together with congestion is a growing concern in Elephant centre's management, generating more sustainable source of income has to be considered (e.g. entry fee)[5][5].

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  1. ^ a b c Simon Richmond (January 2010). Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei. Lonely Planet. pp. 303–304. ISBN 978-1-74104-887-2. Retrieved 2 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b "Welcome to the Kuala Gandah Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary". Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  3. ^ "Kuala Gandah Elephant Centre". Dolphin Diaries Travel Sdn Bhd. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  4. ^ "Tropical Of Pahang - Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary". Tourism Pahang. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  5. ^ Kaffashi, S., Yacob, M. R., Clark, M. S., Radam, A., & Mamat, M. F. (2015). Exploring visitors' willingness to pay to generate revenues for managing the National Elephant Conservation Center in Malaysia. Forest Policy and Economics, 56, 9-19.

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Coordinates: 3°35′32″N 102°08′34″E / 3.5923°N 102.1428177°E / 3.5923; 102.1428177