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Borneo Pygmy Elephants

Borneo Pygmy Elephants

Due to their small size, gentle nature and relatively large ears, they have been dubbed 'pygmy' elephants. Less than 1,500 Borneo Pygmy elephants are found, mostly in the Malaysian state of Sabah. This makes Sabah home to the world's smallest known sub-species of elephants. Smaller than other Asian elephants, the Borneo Pygmy has a longer tail that reaches almost to the ground and straighter tusks. The biggest population of this elephant species is found along the banks of the Kinabatangan River.

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok Orangutan sanctuary

Sepilok rehabilitation centre is one of the biggest and most well known orangutan sanctuaries in Malaysia. The sanctuary is located nearby Sandakan; the total site is over 43 square kilometer in size. Around 75 orangutans roam free within the forest reserve. During their rehabilitation the animals rely heavy on the help of the people that work at the centre; and also on the donations from tourists. Tourist can snap precious pictures during daily feeding time.

Kinabatangan river cruise

Kinabatangan river cruise

One of the most popular destinations in Sabah is the Kinabatangan River. This river has a length of 560 kilometers and stretches through half of Eastern Sabah. Alongside the riverbanks there is an abundance of wildlife. During a river cruise you will have a chance to spot the rare orangutan, the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkeys and saltwater crocodiles. During night cruises you might spot the leopard cat, numerous sleeping birds, wild boards, snakes and many crocodiles.

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park

Mulu National Park is the biggest national park in Sarawak. The park is best known for the amazing caves. The Sarawak Chamber is the world's biggest cave chamber. It is said that 40 Boeing 747 aircraft's fit in the cave. Clearwater Cave is one of the top ten longest caves in the world with a length of over 189km. The caves aren't the only highlights at Mulu NP. The amazing pinnacles at Mount Api are absolutely stunning to witness. A visit to Mulu NP will bring your holiday in Malaysia to new heights!

Mount Kinabalu Summit Trail

A 4095 meter tall mountain

Mount Kinabalu is the tallest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th tallest in the World. Mainly because of the biological diversity the mountain is listed as UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climbing the mountain is not an easy feat for the untrained; though it will absolutely be one of the best experiences ever. Watching the sun rise in the early morning will definitely make you forget all the hardships you had to endure during the hike up.

Elephant Sanctuaries & Rehabilitation Centers in Malaysia

The Asian elephants face extinction for years now. Numbers in Malaysia (including the Bornean Pygmy sub species) are estimated below 3.000 in total. There used to be large numbers of elephants in Malaysia, but that amount has dropped enormously over the last 25 years. The biggest threat the elephant population in Malaysia faces is the massive clearance of the rain forests. Elephants used to have many thousands of sq km2 of rain forest where they could roam free. Now Peninsular Malaysia is developed with many roads, villages, cities and especially palm oil plantations; which limits and destroys the elephants' natural migration path.

As the natural habitat of the elephants grew smaller and smaller, numbers of conflicts between human and elephants were on the rise. In an answer to that Malaysian authorities set up the Elephant Management Unit in 1974 under the authority of the Department of Wildlife and National Parks. This unit is located at the first and biggest elephant sanctuary in Malaysia; the Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre. People there have become highly specialized in elephant relocation, moving elephants to the eastern Malaysian states of Kelantan, Terengganu and Pahang where there is still a large amount of forest, some of which is protected as part of the vast Taman Negara National Park.

Currently two main elephant centers can be visited by tourists; the very popular Kuala Gandah elephant center and the Sungai Ketiar center. Kuala Gandah is very popular among tourists; mainly because it is only a two hour drive from Kuala Lumpur by rental car . Sungai Ketiar is less popular due to its remote location northwest of Lake Kenyir in the state of Terengganu. Both sanctuaries respond to elephant alerts and relocate captured wild elephants to their new habitat within the big national parks (mainly in the center of Peninsular Malaysia). The people that work at the sanctuary (most of them are volunteers) also track down and capture hunters and poachers to bring them to justice (a dangerous job); though unfortunately local laws are not severe enough to really make a difference. Below the links to our pages on the two Elephant Sanctuaries.

Sanctuaries & Rehabilitation Centers

 

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