Looking for more information about elephants in South East Asia?
Established in 1989 by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks, the centre is the base for captured elephants before they can be relocated to suitable habitats. So far more than 500 have been trans located.
Coming from the UK, its hard to imagine that in a country roughly the same size, there is space for hundreds of elephants to still be in the wild (approx 1200) – fortunately this is the case; but development encroaches on their space every year.
The centre opens around 11.00am and you are encouraged to feed, bathe and have a ride – if you wish, otherwise they have a few smaller elephants that you can just get close to. The bigger ones are best approached with supervision.
The centre is about a 2 hour drive north east of KL on the East Coast Highway (KL – Kuantan), exit at Lanchang (Lancang). Call them for more details or a reservation (rides and bathing activities are limited to 120 per session/ day).
Tel: 09 279 0391
Opening hours: 8.00am – 1.00pm, 2.00pm – 5.00pm, but they don’t ask you to leave during the lunch hour…
They don’t seem to have a website, the only website the center quotes is the government www.wildlike.gov.my, which is in Bahasa Malaysia and English (see button top right).
Payment is via a donation – give what you can…
A few miles on – on the way back to the main highway – is a deer park, where you can feed deer. There are other animals here; including some bears, they seem to be well cared for…