At the Elephant Odyssey, which recently opened at the San Diego Zoo, the keepers show visitors what the elephants can do. One keeper was spreading raisins and pieces of squash a little out of sight, and showing how the elephant could feel around, find the food, and pick up individual pieces in her trunk. This elephant, he said, is 38 years old, and had a long career in things like advertising before retiring to the zoo. The new Elephant Odyssey is really fun to see.
At one point, the elephant started to walk away. "Wait up," said the keeper, and the elephant stopped immediately and came back to where he was feeding her.