WATCH: Elevated hay feeders for elephants
In the wild, elephants spend up to 60% of their day foraging for food. To mimic those behaviors at the Zoo, keepers place food in various places throughout African Elephant Crossing and up in high nets, or elevated feeders.
Elephants are designed for reaching up for their food. It helps build head, neck and shoulder muscle and increases social cohesion, where the animals have to work together and eat cooperatively.