Kenyir Elephant Conservation Village
Lake Kenyir, Terengganu

Kenyir Elephant Conservation Village

Kenyir Elephant Conservation Village (KECV) is an attraction in the Lake Kenyir area of Terengganu. It was built in 2012 on a 256 hectare site of which 90% has been left in its natural forest state in order to provide a home for the elephant orphans who live here.

The main aim of KECV is to provide a sanctuary for rescued elephants whose life in the wild in Malaysia is threatened by habitat loss and ivory poaching. Creating a tourist attraction and increasing employment for local people are secondary goals.

Kenyir Elephant Conservation Village activities

 What to Expect

There are currently 13 elephants at KECV. The youngest two, both females, are just 2 years old while the Grandma of the herd, named Teh, is 32.

Activities include:

  • Elephant Rides
  • Elephant Bathing (they can take baths up to 7 times a day)
  • Take your photo with elephants
  • Feed the elephants
  • Elephants Education Show
  •  Enjoy the canopy walk amid the tree tops and across the river
  • Treehouse

Do not forget that elephants can be dangerous. Even with the most professionally run parks and the best trained mahouts, accidents have been known to happen in similar elephant shows around the world. 

Kenyir Elephant Conservation Village river bathing

 2024 Entrance Fee


Adult (age 12 and above)

Child (age 7 - 12)

Child (age 1 - 6)

Below 1 year











Price does not include elephant rides or elephant feeding.

For elephant feeding you can buy a bucket of sugar cane for RM5. No outside food is allowed for the elephants.

You can book online on KECV’s website and discounts are available for large groups.

Special events can be organised by prior arrangement.

Free parking.

Kenyir Elephant Conservation Village elephant rides

Operating Hours

Open daily from 9am to 6pm.

Last admissions 5:30pm.

Closed between 12:30 - 14:30 on Fridays (prayer time).

Elephant Educational Presentations take place at 11:30am and 3:30pm daily (4pm on Fridays).

Allow up to 3 hours to complete your visit.

 What to Bring?

  • Sunscreen / Hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Change of clothing if you are planning to get wet helping out at elephant bath time. No bikinis or skimpy swimsuits.

There is a café where you can refuel and rehydrate.


In terms of attractions, this place is very similar to Kuala Gandah Elephant Sanctuary which is a lot closer to the main population centre of Kuala Lumpur. But KECV’s location is in a beautiful part of Malaysia and you can combine a trip with a visit to scenic Lake Kenyir and the charming city of Kuala Terengganu.

Some might regard the ticket price as expensive by Malaysian standards but it costs a lot to maintain an elephant (up to 250 kg of food per day!) so think of your expense as a contribution to the welfare of the elephants. The elephants appear to be healthy and well looked after but some reviews online complain that the elephants are roughly handled by the mahouts.

How to Get to Kenyir Elephant Conservation Village 

I have marked the exact location on this map.

As you can see, Kenyir Elephant Conservation Village is a long way away from Kuala Lumpur (7 hours drive) and even further from Johor Bharu, Penang or Singapore, but only about an hour’s drive from Kuala Terengganu.

You can find details of bus services on KEVC’s official website.

There is plenty of free parking.


Tel: +609 858 5588

Mob: +6016 345 5605 (En. Azman)

         +6012 278 2677 (Carol Ang)

Fax: +609 858 4848




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