Gaur Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre
"Saving the Seladang (Wild Cattle) of the Rainforest "
The rainforest is full of surprising animals. The Gaur Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre at Jenderak helps to ensure the survival of Malaysia's wild cattle.
Herds of these massive mammals, also known as seladang, once roamed the rainforests of Peninsula Malaysia.
Today probably less than five hundred remain.
The Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) set up the Gaur Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in 1979 near the Krau Wildlife Reserve.
As a captive breeding programme to prevent species extinction, it started with wild stock captured from the forests.
From the original breeding pool, over 75 gaur animals have been successfully reared at the wildlife rehab centre.
Observe the bulk and beauty of these rainforest animals
The overall aim of animal conservation is the longterm survival of rainforest species. Wildlife rehabilitation centres can only supplement natural wild populations.
But it is not an easy solution. The goal is to release captive breed cattle to mix with wild animals and increase species numbers.
At Jenderak, about three dozen animals are displayed in eight paddocks. Staff at the centre feed them native plants and provide salt licks and mineral supplements.
Many other seladang are given to zoos.
Unfortunately none of the animals have been released into the rainforest yet. First all signs of disease must be gone before introducing them into the wild to protect wild stocks.
Gaur Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre: Things To Do
A Visitors' Centre, combined with a small interpretation centre, offers a nice introduction into the conservation of this unique species. A walk-around the paddocks allows a close-up view of these muscular and magnificent rainforest mammals.
Some individuals seem tame, while others snort and sneer like a wild beast ... safely behind the fence.
The conservation centre has other activities that are available for groups with advanced bookings. However, the staff does try to cater to tourists and visitors who just drop by. Expect to spend 3-4 hours at the centre.
Gaur-Seladang Slideshow - Visitors can watch an audio-visual show that introduces how the wildlife rehabilitation centre was established and facts about these threatened animals.
Paddock Tour - The highlight of the trip. Learn how seladang are feed and cared for and watch high-backed mature species with gleaming dark hair mingle with their cuddly, brown calfs.
Forest Trail - Take a stroll along a 1.2 kilometer forest trail as a break from cruising the seladang paddocks. A forest reserves surrounds the Gaur Wildlife Rehabilitation center.
Night Trail - A nature guide will take your group along the forest trail at night to find nocturnal animals like the rusa (sambar deer) and babi hutan (wild pig) near the salt lick.
Birdwatching - The nearby Krau Wildlife Reserve is home to about 330 bird species. Take some binoculars and go out on your own or request a jungle guide to point out some interesting rainforest birds.
Gaur Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre: General Information
It is important to keep in mind that the centre functions primarily for wildlife conservation. Accommodating tourists and groups is possible, but it requires proper notice and planning to meet everyone's expectations. Please make a booking with staff to avoid disappointments.
For group reservations send a request letter or contact DWNP HQ:
Dr. Zainal Zahari Zainuddin (zainal[at]wildlife.gov.my)
For assistance from the Jenderak, Pahang centre contact:
Stephanie Chow, Director
Fees and Facilities
Special school holiday programmes are available. This includes a 2-day visit with accommodation and food catering. Pricing dependent on activity schedule.
How To Get There
Get Wild At Gaur Wildlife Rehabilitation Center!
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