The zoo wanted to show tourists that the animals can swim, a fact that many didn’t know The 213-foot aqua arena was erected at the Fuji Safari Park in Shizuoka, at the foot of Mount Fuji.
Not only have the majestic mammals been enjoying the giant pool, but staff say that after three laps of the pool, their appetites have grown considerably.
Zookeeper Daiki Takeuchi said the transparent sides provided a surprising glimpse into how elephants use their powerful legs for propulsion as they poke their trunks above the surface. The inspiration behind the glass swimming pool came from images of elephants in the ocean.
The zoo wanted to show tourists that the animals can actually swim, something many were unaware of.
The unusual attraction opened to the public on July 11 and joins other attractions such as visitors controversially being able to take pictures with young lions. Though they are supervised by staff.