The Sanctuary Complex is an Aqua Eco Tuorism Park with various facilities which include research centre, seeding centre, gallery and aquarium. In the depth of the lake, the tourist have the opportunity to see and feed the fishes and other aquatic life. Located at Sungai Petang, Lake Kenyir is 21 km from Pengkalan Gawi ( 40 minutes boat ride), 11 km from Como and 16 km from Sultan Mahmud (Jenagor) Hydroelectric Dam.
The length of the river is 20 km (including 10 km inside National Park). The width of the water area is 407 hectare, consists of 91 rivers and is surrounded by hills. Majority of the river water is from Gunung Padang (1,134m) which is the highest mountain in this area. The size of the water catchment area is 14,416 hectares including 9,980 hectares in National Park.
Apart from the fishes, the area is also rich in a wide variety of flora and fauna which include herbal plants. This area is also rich in Ara, Neram, Jambu Laut Jabar and Semarih trees where the fruits are the main source of food for the fishes.
The visitor can take a boat from Pengkalan Gawi, Jenagor or Sungai Como to Pulau petangh, which is the gateway to Kelah Santuary. There is a gallery which contains various information related to Kelah Santuary, Lake Kenyir.
Family : Cyprinidae
Local Name :Kelah
English Name : Malaysian Mahseer
Scientific Name : Tor tambroides
Size : Average size 10 - 30 centimetres and weighs about 1 - 2kg. Can grow to more than 7.0 kg and more than 50 cm in length though this size is very rarely caught.
Morphology : Large scales present on the body. Colour yellowish with gold tinge. Present one pair of barbels at both ends of the mouth.
Biology : Known to spawn in the upper parts of the river systems. Being an omnivore, the diet mainly consists of fruits that fall into the river. They like to play against rapids. The spawners spawn in the rivers where are rapids. Eggs are deposited on rock or small stones where the water is calm so that the eggs are not washed away. Once hatched, the youngs will remain and eat on algae growing on rocks.
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