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National Elephant Conservation Centre

National Elephant Conservation Centre

The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (DWNP) established National Elephant Conservation Centre in 1989. The centre is the base for the Elephant Unit, which began the elephant translocation programme in 1974.

The only one of its kind in Malaysia, the team is dedicated to locating, subduing and then translocate problem elephants from areas where their habitats are being encroached by development. These elephants are then relocated to safer habitats including Taman Negara National Park. Over the past 30 years, this team has helped to resolve human-elephants conflicts and minimised the economic losses caused by such conflicts by relocating more than 700 wild elephants.

In addition of being the home to the translocation team and a herd of resident elephants, the centre also carries out public awareness activities related to the conservation issues of elephants in Malaysia. It also supports research activities which are related to elephant translocation and conservation. The centre is open to visitors throughout the year. The awareness activities strive to educate the public about the importance of the species and habitat protection. Visitors are encouraged to view a video presentation on elephant translocation activity filmed in 1996 together with the National Geographic at the centre. Upon request, special programme can be arranged for school groups. A scheduled visitors programme is available and could be referred under the “Visitor Time Table” below.

The Resident Elephants at the Centre

The centre houses a number of trained elephants for the translocation of wild elephant from the conflict area throughout Peninsular Malaysia. These elephants are trained and used in translocation exercise throughout Peninsular Malaysia. Apart from all the activities mentioned earlier, the centre also looks after orphaned elephants.

The Asian Elephants

Elephants in Peninsular Malaysian belong to the Asian elephants (Elephas maximus), it is listed as a critically endangered species, with less than 1,200 wild elephants roam in Peninsular Malaysia. Protecting the Asian elephants help to safeguard thousands of other species within its habitat. The elephant creates vital natural pathways by knocking over trees, allowing smaller species to feed, as well as dispersing plant seeds via its dung. However, due to habitat loss, elephants are forced to hunt for food in areas surrounding forest such as plantations and orchards. This initiate human-elephant conflict when they started to raid crops on a massive scale. This is why the translocation team has such a dire responsibility to catch and relocate these elephants in order to minimize the damage and also to harm to the elephants.

Visitor Timetable

Visitors are encouraged to participate in activities planned by NECC which start at 10.30 a.m. in the morning.
10.30 am – 12.00 pm
Elephant observation along the interpretive trail.
Visitor will be able to observe the young elephant roaming freely within the secured electric fencing area.
1.00 pm & 1.30 pm
Video show
A documentary shows translocation of wild elephants to their new habitat
2.15 pm
Bathing and cleaning of elephants by mahout
The visitors will watch the elephant bath given by mahout with explanations by NECC staff.
2.45 pm – 3.15 pm
Elephant conservation talks at interpretive stage.
Visitors will be introduced to each of the elephants which include their background and ability.
Note: Please be informed that there is no elephant rides provided in this centre.

Video Show


Visitors are encouraged to appreciate video show which potrays the translocation of wild elephant from conflict area to their new habitat:
Monday – Thursday
First show : 1.00 pm
Second show : 1.30 pm
Third show : 2.00 pm ( Friday only)
Saturday, Sunday and Public holidays
First show : 12.30 pm
Second show : 1.00 pm
Third show : 1.30 pm

How to Get There

NEEC is situated about 15 km from Lanchang town within Temerloh District, Pahang.  Visitors can take a comfortable drive to the centre where ample parking facilities are available.Visitors are encouraged to contact the centre to facilitate arrangements if you are coming in a big group. The centre welcomes visitors to the National Elephant Conservation Centre with the aim of being educated and outdoor experience on elephant conservartion.

Your Support and Contribution Needed
The National Elephant Conservation Centre at Kuala Gandah is managed by the Department of Wildlife and National Parks Peninsular Malaysia. Continuous efforts are being undertaken to enhance the existing facilities either for research and development or visitors to the centre. The Department strives to make this centre as the region’s most outstanding elephant training and conservation centre. We welcome any form of assistance and support.


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