Well , almost . Let me explain . Auckland zoo has 2 female Asian elephants . As elephants are very intelligent animals , they will get bored if there is no stimulation . Elephants also tend to roam over huge areas -- which is not possible , even with their new enclosure . So the elephant keepers try and keep them busy for most of the day . The elephants are sometimes used to help out with heavy lifting/pulling jobs for any reconstruction projects in the zoo , and are often taken to an off public site of the zoo where they can browse , or do whatever they want in the woodland . But once or twice each day , the keepers take them for a walk in the zoo -- using the same paths that people are using at the same time . The walk route and times vary so as to not breed familiarity for the elephants . The elephants are not chained or shackled in any way . The keepers have a much bigger job keeping the public at bay than dealing with the elephants ! You can imagine many a surprised visitor at Auckland zoo . Does anyone know of any other zoo that does this ?