The Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre (NECC), located a mere two-hour drive from Kuala Lumpur, has received yet another boost from ExportImport Bank of Malaysia Bhd (Exim Bank).
Last year, the bank came forward to assist the elephant sanctuary to fund a custom-made prosthetic leg for a 13-year-old female elephant named Selendang. They also refurbished and redesigned the educational materials for the centre.
This year, Exim Bank continues its commitment in the area of elephant conservation, education and elephant welfare at NECC by adopting a handicapped baby elephant named Elly.
The bank has assisted two-yearold Elly to get a prosthetic leg, a new portable paddock for daily mobility exercises and a one-year supply of multivitamins and other supplements.
Elly lost her front, lower right foot from a trap laid by illegal hunters and was found unconscious at Kampung Sokut Toku in Tanah Merah, Jeli, Kelantan.
Rescued by Terengganu’s Elephant Conservation Centre, she received early medical treatment before being transferred to the Kuala Gandah centre for her recovery process, according to a statement by Exim Bank.
Exim Bank president and CEO Norzilah Mohammed and Kuala Gandah NECC head Nasharuddin Othman took part in an event on Tuesday to mark Exim Bank’s renewed commitment to the centre.
“This is a wonderful place and just a short distance from Kuala Lumpur. More of us should visit Kuala Gandah NECC,” Norzilah said.
Located about 120km from Kuala Lumpur along the Karak/East Coast Expressway, the centre is open to all visitors.
Elephants are among the world’s most intelligent, sensitive animals and possess both empathy and self-awareness. They live in close family groups that are now being torn apart by an increasing number of threats caused by human activities, the bank’s statement said.
Their natural habitat and migration routes have been fragmented by development and industrial mono-crops such as palm oil and rubber tree plantations which have destroyed millions of hectares of forest ecosystems, it added.