As most of you who keep abreast with the media will know , a number of zoos in Australia and NZ are hoping to import elephants from Thailand . As much as I hope that there will be some breeding successes from this , I wonder about the feasibility of city zoos to be able to keep extra elephants . The elephants at Auckland zoo are not kept in their enclosure all day , they are taken for a walk around the zoo , and are often called upon to do any heavy work in construction of new enclosures at the zoo . Taronga park Zoo in Sydney is building a new elephant enclosure ( which I think is a good move as this is long overdue ) but is the enclosure really large enough to house extra elephants ? Also , elephants are not suited to steep terrain -- of which Taronga Park is mostly quite steep . This is one of the reasons why Wellington Zoo will never have elephants again . Is the new enclosure at Melbourne Zoo big enough to house extra elephants ? I cannot comment on this as I have not seen the new enclosure there . Personally I think it will make more sense to display elephants at open range zoos like Dubbo , Monarto , Werribee , Orana Park in Christchurch , etc or to make sure they are given plenty of stimulation , activities etc which is what Auckland Zoo tries hard to do . The walks are never at the same time each day , and the routes are always different , so to prevent boredom . Not to mention the huge surprise when the public sees an elephant come round the corner towards them ( as Sim will verify ) If zoos choose to display elephants in small enclosures , citing financial benefits that such megafauna attract , I tend to wonder if the zoo really does care about the welfare and conservation/breeding of elephants ? Apparently alot of animal interest groups are making a big noise about the issue of keeping elephants in city zoos . How do other fellow forum members feel about this ?