Elephants Just Want to Have Fun
**Update: check out more info and photos of this on the Smithsonian National Zoo site.**
Of course, elephants want to have fun but it’s not something I ever thought about until I got the call from The Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Washington, D.C.
We’ve donated our transportation and logistics services to the Zoo before by moving animals for them. Most recently we moved giant panda Tai Shan to China. Surprisingly, this request was for us to ship pickle barrels.
The pickle barrels are being used as part of an enrichment program for the Zoo’s Asian elephants. The Zoo said environmental enrichment provides a stimulating environment for Zoo animals in order for them to demonstrate their species-typical behavior and to enhance their well-being. The elephants enjoy banging on, smelling and playing with the hanging barrels.
FedEx Custom Critical husband-and-wife team Teresa and Anthony Marks drove the six and a half hours straight from North Carolina to the Zoo with six palettes of 32 pickle barrels. They’ve been with FedEx Custom Critical for more than one year now and have already moved a lot of unique shipments. They said the most interesting part of this trip was the aroma the barrels left behind. It looks like the elephants are fond of the smell!