Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo) in United States

♀ Chendra


SSP nr519


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Subspecies: Elephas maximus borneensis
Sex and age:Female ♀ 31 years old
Management:Free contact
Born:* 1993 wild
Birth place:
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo), in United States

Date of arrival

1999-11-20Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo)
from Lok Kawi Wildlife Park (Sabah Zoo)

Record history
History of updates2011-03-27

Latest document update2020-10-18 06:25:24
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Chendra is a living Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) , located at the Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo), in United States.

Chendra arrived in 1999-11-20 to the Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo), relocated from the Lok Kawi Wildlife Park (Sabah Zoo), in Malaysia.


Chendra lives together with 4 other elephants at the Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo):

detailed list with arrival dates etc. of the other elephants
  1. Rose-Tu (twin) born 1994-08-31
  2. Sam (Samudra) born 2008-08-23
  3. Samson born 1998-05-04
  4. Sung-Surin (Shine) born 1982-12-26


Chendra was born wild 1993.

Comments / pictures

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.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Chendra, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Portland Zoo (Metro Washington Park Zoo) in United States. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 17 April 2024 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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