The highlight of my trip; however, was a ride upon the back of a 9,000 pound African elephant. Her name was Tosha. She was orphaned in Africa and came to the zoo when she was just a baby. (a wee 400 pounds) It was amazing how smart she was and how she followed the directions of her handler...better than lots of children. (mine included sometimes) Her skin was so thick and tough and that cute "little" trunk...She smelt my shoes (J Crew tortoise flats...hey, the girls got good taste) and she wanted to smell my husband's face but he wasn't having any part of it. (party-pooper).
And me, being the nerdy accountant that I am, had to figure out the ratio of my weight to hers to determine that me sitting on her back is the equivalent of 1.8 pounds on my back....so she hardly even knew I was there.