The SEE Project@ Sekolah Kebangsaan Temai : A memorable stop at Kuala Gandah

Sunday morning (27 September) we made our tracks to the Pekan campus of Universiti Malaysia. It is in the district of Pahang and a four-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur. This campus was our home for the next four nights. From here we commuted to the Pekan Primary School each day. Universiti Putra Malaysia provided us with a comfortable coach for the week. This coach made a big difference to our travel.

Our coach for the week - thank you UPM

Our coach for the week – thank you UPM

On the way, we stopped at Kuala Gandah – a unique elephant sanctuary in Malaysia. “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”. Read more  Trip advisor has more details about Kuala Gandah.

Getting ready for the show

Getting ready for the show

As we entered the park, we viewed a short documentary that highlighted the challenges faced by a team of dedicated Malaysians to relocate displaced elephants from their habitats and into national parks. This task is no easy feat and I commend all those who are involved in this significant work.

The special partnership between men and elephant on show

The special partnership between men and elephant on show

The elephant show was interesting – many members of our team got a chance to feed the elephants with pawpaws. Some of the tricks that the elephants and their trainers demonstrated was equally interesting.

Part of the audience for the elephant show

Part of the audience for the elephant show

Elephant feeding (with pawpaws)

Elephant feeding (with pawpaws)

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A special moment for Ibnu and Hamiza

Perhaps the highlight was an opportunity to bathe the elephants. As the photos below show – it was an exciting time for those who participated in this activity. It was fun just to seeing the elephants enjoying the moment.

Getting ready for a bath

Getting ready for a bath

Bath time

Bath time

Not finished yet

Not finished yet

Time for a splash

Time for a splash

Ok one more photo and then we will be off!

Ok one more photo and then we will be off!

It was late in the afternoon when we checked into our rooms at the university. For me, it reminded me of the life that I had on campus when I was a student in Fiji. It brought back some good and bad memories. Other than the heat and the possible threat of being bitten by mosquitos carrying the dengue fever virus, all else was good. We were set for a good start at Temai Primary School.

Goodbye friends!

Goodbye friends!

Photos: Ibnu Isa and Richard Medland

For more stories visit: https://theseeproject.org/

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