Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre

Just 1.5 hours from Selangor and Kuala Lumpur, the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary in Pahang state is a rare and fantastic opportunity to get to know endemic Malaysian elephants.

Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary provides our pachyderm friends with a safe sanctuary in the wild.


Established in 1989, this is the headquarters for the Elephant Relocation Team of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, who have been helping relocate displaced elephants from across Southeast Asia since 1974.

For the brave and adventurous, there are opportunities to take the elephants down to the river and help give them a bath. There really is no better opportunity than this to get up close and personal these grey giants.

The centre also carries out research and public awareness activities related to elephant translocation and conservation. Visitors are encouraged to view a video presentation on elephant translocation activity filmed in 1996 together with National Geographic at the centre.

A scheduled visitors programme is available and may be referred to under “Visitor Timetable” below.

The centre

The only one of its kind in Malaysia, the centre houses a team dedicated to locating, subduing and translocating stray elephants from areas where their habitats are being encroached by development. These elephants are then relocated to safer habitats including Taman Negara National Park.

The resident elephants
The centre houses a number of trained elephants that help with the relocation process of wild elephants throughout Peninsular Malaysia. The centre also looks after orphaned elephants.
Asian elephants
It is estimated that there are only 1,200 wild Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) left in Peninsula Malaysia and this is the only conservation centre set up to preserve this endangered species.

Protecting the Asian elephants help safeguard thousands of other species within its habitat. They create vital natural pathways by knocking over trees, allowing smaller species to feed, as well as disperse plant seeds via its dung.

However, habitat loss has forced elephants to hunt for food in surrounding areas such as plantations and orchards, resulting in human-elephant conflicts when crops are raided on massive scales. The centre’s relocation work helps resolve such conflicts, thus minimizing related monetary losses and harm to the elephants.

Opening hours & visitor timetable

The centre is open to visitors throughout the year. Upon request, special programmes can be arranged for school groups.

10.30 am – 12.00 pmElephant observation along the interpretive trail. Visitors may observe young elephants roaming freely within an electric fencing area.
1.00 pm & 1.30 pmVideo show. A documentary shows the translocation of wild elephants to their new habitat.
2.15 pmBathing and cleaning of elephants by mahouts (elephant guides). Visitors may watch or take part in elephant bathing given by the mahouts with explanations by staff.
2.45 pm – 3.15 pmElephant conservation talks at interpretive stage. Visitors are introduced to each elephant including their background and abilities. Note: Please be informed that there are no elephant rides provided in this centre.

Video timetable

A video filmed at the centre in 1996 together with National Geographic explains the plight of wild elephants.

Monday – ThursdayFirst show : 1.00 pm Second show : 1.30 pm Third show : 2.00 pm ( Friday only)
Saturday, Sunday and Public holidaysFirst show : 12.30 pm Second show : 1.00 pm Third show : 1.30 pm


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How to get to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary

Ample parking facilities are available at Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre, situated about 15 km from Lanchang town within Temerloh district, Pahang. 

Temerloh is about 200 km from Kuala Lumpur. From Kuala Lumpur, take the Karak Highway, turn left into Lanchang and turn right into Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre.

By rail
KTM Bhd provides service to Bandar Jengka and Jerantut.

By bus

Board the bus heading for Mentakab and Temerloh and ask the ticket counter and inform the bus driver for a drop-off at Lanchang. From Lanchang town, hire a taxi to the Elephant Centre. Take the early bus in time for the first feed at 10.00am or second feed at 2.00pm.

  • Temerloh KL Express – Kuala Lumpur (Pekeliling Bus Station) to Lanchang via Karak Highway. Daily times: Every hour from 7.00am to 6.00pm.
  • Sri Jengka Express – Kuala Lumpur (Jalan Tun Razak) to Bandar Jengka;
  • Kuantan to Bandar Jengka;
  • Kota Baru to Bandar Jengka; and
  • Alor Star to Bandar Jengka.

1 comment

    • Laura Joanna Tlalka on September 30, 2022 at 2:15 pm
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    I cannot contact you through the Phone, whenever I try the number is busy. I would like to ask if I have to make a reservation for elephant washing and feeding? If Yes I would like to make some for this sunday for three people, the hour is wherever available, we will be there since around 10 am. Thank you

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