HULU TERENGGANU: Pengkalan Gawi in Tasik Kenyir will come alive in mammoth proportions when the Kenyir Elephant Village (KEV) begins operations today to provide visitors a hands-on experience with the pachyderm.
They can also witness the varied behaviour and habitat of the elephant such as digging, dust-bathing, playing, scent exploration and riding elephants among others.
KEV manager Ang Ching Yang said 11 well-trained elephants would perform and showcase their skills in painting, dancing, playing football and making their musical debut with the harmonica.
“We have hired experienced trainers from Thailand to train the elephants. The local coaches are also gaining experience to handle the animals,” he said at a briefing to Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Said yesterday.
The elephant settlement, built in 2012 on 44ha of land, is divided into three different sections for wild, semi-wild and well-trained elephants.
Ahmad Said said the newly-created tourism product of Terengganu was expected to boost the state’s tourism industry.
The ticket price for children is RM30 and adults RM50, while foreign visitors pay double the amount.