Kuala Gandah Elephant Conservation Centre, or popularly referred to as the Elephant Orphanage Sanctuary was set up in 1989 under the DWNP Department of Wildlife & National Parks, Malaysia, manned by the Elephant Capture & Translocation Unit. Although the sanctuary was set up in late 1989, it was only in 1997 that the general Malaysian public and the world knew of its existence, thanks to the far sightedness of a very good friend of the sanctuary, who is often referred to as The Elephant Man! Not only did he suggested, created activities and led surprised visitors to this sanctuary, but unselfishly invited the media, tourist guides and travel agencies to see what the sanctuary has to offer as he realised that the sanctuary IS for everyone!