Sept 22, 2007 – Heard of the Elephant sanctuary, search for it in the net and finally decided to check it out at the spur of the moment on a fine Saturday afternoon. What was decided impromptu turned out to be a lovely outing at Kuala Gandah in Pahang.
We arrived at 2.00 p.m. at the Elephant Sanctuary just in time for the bathing and the feeding of the elephants. There were a total of 14 elephants at the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary but only 7 elephants were brought out for display. The oldest elephant was am Elephant from India named Lokimala. She is 67 years old and she is really the gentlest of all the elephants we seen there. The largest is a male from Myanmar aged 30. There was another elephant from Myanmar aged 12 while the rest of the elephants were caught locally. There was a large crowd of foreigners easily numbering about 120 and the elephants entertained the crowd with rides and river dunking.
The place was decently run. It was clean and the elephants looked well-taken care off. It was sad though that there were only 14 elephants at the sanctuary. When one hears of an elephant sanctuary, one would imagine that a real sanctuary would be for 50 to100 elephants. But that was not the case and even though the Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary was decently managed and the elephants looked healthy enough, I couldn’t help but to think that more could have been done for the elephants in Malaysia especially only about 1,000 is reported to be left in the wild.
After the elephant sanctuary, we ventured to a deer farm about 3 km away. We met the most docile looking Indonesian deer that came running to us when we entered its enclosure. You could pet them like a rabbit and they would eat from your hand. We also had also encountered the gentlest python, which changed my perspective of snakes. She was so beautiful and having her in my arms gave me a sense of the wonder of nature. She was really the highlight of our trip.
The icing to trip was a Sun Bear who was absolutely adorable and playful. He loves been stroked and groomed. May and I were mesmerized by the Sun Bear and we would have loved to spent more time with the Sun Bear but the heavy downpour cut short our plans and the Sun Bear quickly climbed up a tree to sleep.
The short trip reminded us of the wondrous of nature and what mankind missed.