Mundi is a wild-born African savanna elephant, one of 63 young African elephants brought to the United States by eccentric millionaire Arthur Jones in 1984. Jones orchestrated a rescue mission to bring the calves to his Jumbolair estate in Ocala, Florida after mass culling organized by the Zimbabwe government left them orphaned.
In 1986, Jones broke up the young herd and sold them to zoos, circuses, and private individuals. Following a brutal attack that left her with one blind eye and a permanently damaged tusk, Mundi was sold to the zoo in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Mundi has been on display at the zoo since 1988. For nearly 35 years, she has lived alone in an area of about 15,000 square feet with access to an enclosed shelter where she is chained at night.
The zoo has been closed to the public for years, resulting in growing financial difficulties and the loss of its USDA license.
In 2018, Mundi was under contract to come to ERNA, but the struggling government imploded, and all contracts were canceled.
Finally, in February 2023, the US Department of Justice ordered the zoo's closure and the relocation of all the remaining animals to reputable sanctuaries. Shortly after, we were once again asked to accept Mundi. Mundi will be Elephant Refuge North America's third elephant and first African.
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Mundi is 8' tall and weighs 8,000 pounds.
• Species: African savanna elephant
• Gender: Female
• Birth: 1982
• Birth Place: Zimbabwe
• Physical Characteristics: Mundi is blind in her right eye and has a damaged right tusk
• Personality Traits: Calm and Curious
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By contributing to A Year of Care for Mundi, you will become a member of her family, ensuring that her life, from this day forward, is all about Mundi.
We hope you’ll join us in giving this needy elephant the care she deserves.
Mundi was born in Zimbabwe
Mundi brought to the U.S. by Arthur Jones with 62 other calves after a mass culling left them orphaned
Mundi was sold to the Juan A. Rivero Zoo in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
July - Puerto Rico's governor ordered the transport of Mundi and 10 felines out of the zoo following concerns for their well-being amid an economic crisis
August - EAI agrees to accept Mundi
September - the zoo closes after the island is battered by hurricanes Irma and Maria
October - Carol visits Mundi at the zoo
February - the U.S. Department of Agriculture cancels the zoo’s exhibitor’s license after citing dozens of violations in previous years
May 23 - EAI signs the official contract with the governor to accept Mundi
Puerto Rico governor is removed and all contracts are canceled
EAI attorney pursues the possibility of Mundi still retiring to ERNA
No news out of Puerto Rico regarding Mundi as all the animals at the zoo remain sequestered in the facility
February - The US Department of Justice forces the removal of all the remaining animals, clearing the way for Mundi to join the ERNA family
March - EAI agrees to accept Mundi