Chendra the Borneo elephant


Bob: you have to imagine that it was terrifying for her Bob: because she was still nursing from mom at that point Bob: wouldn’t have known where to go to get food and water and how to keep herself warm, Bob: she was still learning what it was to be an elephant Bob: the wounds she received suggested that she had been shot in the face with a shotgun Bob: over in Borneo in different areas they try to scare the elephants off the palm oil plantations Bob: they’ll use gunshots firecrackers anything they can Bob: at first she was taken to an elementary school where she was the class elephant
so to speak Bob: the kids took care of her, obviously the government saw that Bob: and brought her into a rehabilitation center where she lived at the edge of the jungle [Music] Bob: the Sabah Wildlife Department contacted us because Bob: they were looking for a new home for Chendra where she would have a Bob: herd of her own that she could learn from and grow with Bob: I’ve been lucky enough to be around Chendra since the day she got here Bob: I couldn’t believe how small she was and Bob: how well she got around with that one eye Bob: and really what was so touching is the relationship she had with JB Bob: the caretaker that came with her Bob: seeing his bond with Chendra made me realize that Bob: she was going to be okay. Bob: Knowing what she came from and what she suffered through Bob: and to watch her change and grow from a timid very small elephant to a Bob: full-grown more confident adult has been amazing Bob: the Sabah Wildlife Department does a great job with these orphans Bob: they socialize them they try to let them go out and express natural behaviors Bob: some of them may be returned back out to the wild but others can’t be released Bob: We’re working hard with folks on the front line in Borneo to reduce the human
elephant conflict there [Music] Bob: Chendra is one of the lucky ones Bob: she was able to come here and get a new elephant family of her own Bob: ultimately we’re all going to have to work together if we’re going save the Bornean elephant Bob: The palm oil plantation owners to the folks who are buying palm oil Bob: the workers in the field Bob: and bring them all together in deciding what’s best for the animals and what’s best for Sabah

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