|Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary, Pahang|
The sanctuary is managed by the Malaysian Department of Wildlife and National Parks. This centre was established in 1989. It offers visitors a hands-on introduction to the largest mammal on earth. Worker elephants are trained to help "guide and mother" others during the relocation process to National Park wildlife sanctuaries. Visitors are invited to help bath them in the shallow river or ride them.
Being the only centre in Malaysia, the team is dedicated to locating, subduing, problem elephants from areas where their habitats are constantly being encroached by plantations, to Malaysia's National Parks such as Taman Negara. Over the past 20 years the team has successfully relocated around 400 elephants to national parks, bringing the wild elephants population in Malaysia from an alarming low of 500 to about 1200 as of 2003.
Endau - Rompin State Park, Johor/Pahang
Endau Rompin, stradding in between the Johor/Pahang border, is the second National Park, after Taman Negara. It covers an area of approximately 80,000 hectares of rich and exotic flora and fauna, encompassing the rivers of Endau and Rompin, from which it derives its name.
In existence for over 130 million years, this rainforest holds rare flora and fauna, many of which are not found anywhere else in the tropics. The most prominent of these unique species is the Sumatran Rhinoceros.
To protect the pristine environment, only limited areas of the park are open for ecotourism. Entry to the park requires a special permit from the Johor National Park Corporation. Upon entry to this park, trekkers will be guided by forest rangers to ensure safety at all times. It's time to let your sense of smell guide you through this amazing maze of greenery.
The Belum Forest Reserve, Perak
Towards the nothern parts of Lake Temenggor, in the nothern Peninsula Malaysia (Perak state), lies a vast area of virgin jungle known as the Belum Forest Reserve. The area is one of the largest untouched forest reserves in Peninsula Malaysia. The presence of large mammal species such as elephants, rhinoceroses, tapirs and tigers makes Belum very special.
Various tour operator now offer guided tours to certain areas of the reserve and will arrange for the necessary permits, river and road transport and accommodation, which may include camping. Discover the scent of nature in its purest sense.