Our Goals for 2017
To halt the failed breeding program that has led to so many early deaths and the incarceration for life of the largest land mammals on earth.
To stop any plans for importing elephants from the wild. And to ensure the safety of the elephants and keepers, we encourage the zoo to move in the direction of more progressive zoos and institute protected contact.
To ensure that Oregon Zoo ofﬁcials take immediate action to protect the elderly and ailing Packy by shipping him to a sanctuary in a warm, dry climate, to spend his remaining years in peace and freedom. NOTE: This goal changed on Feb. 9, 2017, when Packy was put down at the zoo. We are now focused on freeing the Zoo’s only pygmy Borneo elephant Chendra.
Priority 2017: Chendra to Sanctuary
At the age of 54, Packy was the oldest living elephant in North America. Over the course of his 54 years in captivity, he suffered from a variety of illnesses and conditions including the pain of chronic foot problems, foot injuries, recurring skin lesions on the side of his head from sleeping on a cement ﬂoor, and an active form of tuberculosis, all of which were directly related to his captivity. For 54 years, he was deprived of roaming natural, open spaces, feeling the earth beneath his feet and being part of a bachelor herd. For most of his 54 years, he was conﬁned to a cement cell and a small artiﬁcial lot where he was put on display. Free the Oregon Zoo elephants demanded the Oregon Zoo release their desperate hold on Packy by transferring him to a sanctuary in a warm, dry climate. There, he would have been able to live his remaining years in comfort and freedom.
In Packy’s honor, we now ask the Zoo and Metro to release Chendra, the Zoo’s only pygmy Borneo elephant to sanctuary. Chendra was imported to the zoo from Malaysia in 1999 at around the age of 3 or 4. So she is now around 21 years old and she has numerous physical ailments, including foot and toe problems, has experienced rejection from the herd, as she belongs to a subspecies of Asian elephants, and she exhibits profound stereotypical behavior.