Chendra is a female Asian elephant born in Sabah, Malaysia in 1993. She is the only Borneo pygmy elephant living in the U.S. Borneo pygmy elephants number only about 2,000 in the wild and are highly threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation. She was found wandering –orphaned, alone, and hungry—near a palm oil plantation in Borneo. She had wounds on her front legs and her left eye, and she ultimately became blind in that eye. A poor candidate for release back into the wild, Chendra came to the Oregon Zoo to join our elephant family on Nov. 20, 1999. Chendra is the smallest cow in the group and is distinguished by her long tail and hairy body.