Chendra at Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo)

ID Number:   SSP Number: 519 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female 25 years
Management:Free contact
Location:Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo)
ArrivedPortland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo) 1999-11-20
from Sabah Zoological and Botanical Park
Born:1993 wild Malaysia
Document updated2010-04-22:�
2011-03-02:�SSP, Birth RE
2017-01-11: probably previous location
The only elephant in USA with origin from Borneo.

Chendra and her mother were frightened away from a palm oil plantation in Sabah on the northern part of the island of Borneo. Chendras front leg and left eye were wounded. Several days later she was found wandering through a plantation, showing signs of hunger. When her mother did not return, the calf was rescued by wildlife officials. Chendras leg wound was superficial. However her eye was permanently blinded. This, combined with her age, made her a poor candidate for relocation and release to the wild. It was clear that Chendra would always be dependent on humans for her survival.

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