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Malaysian elephant conservation

Updated On: Jun 01, 2009

Asian elephants are endangered in the wild, where perhaps only 30,000 still live in forests of south and southeast Asia.

The Wildlife and National Parks Department and the Pahang Tourism Council is urged by the state to take records of the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre near Lancang.

This is a bid to attract more local and foreign tourists and promote it as one of Pahang's main tourist products while attracting more visitors to the conservation center.

In 2008, more than 147,000 tourists came to the centre with an average of 10,000 visitors each month from Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea and China.

An official revealed this at the Tourist Guides Association and Certificate Presentation to Nature Tourist Guides in Kuala Gandah, here today.

Visitors can see, feed and play with elephants, as well as bathe and ride the animals.

A National Elephant Conservation Centre was founded in 1989 to identify, confine and relocate elephants whose habitats have been trespassed.

Sources

Bernama, "Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre Should Be Documented" dated 30 May 2009 in the Bernama website [downloaded on 30 May 2009], available at http://www.bernama.com/bernama/v5/newsgeneral.php?id=414799

Smithsonian Zoo, "Asian Elephants" undated in the Smithsonian zoo website [downloaded on 30 May 2009], available at  
http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/AsianElephants/default.cfm







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