He's Turning 22!

Saturday, December 27, 2014
11 a.m. at River's Edge (weather permitting)

Raja, the first Asian elephant born at the Zoo on December 27, 1992, is the proud papa of Maliha, Jade, Kenzi and Priya. Watch a video of Raja growing up through the years.

For the party, zookeepers and volunteers have constructed giant birthday presents filled with some of the elephant's favorite things, including cereal, melons, bananas and popcorn. Large trees for Raja to knock over will also be provided. Other elephants from the family may join in on the celebration in River's Edge. 

Visitors are invited to sing "Happy Birthday" and cheer for Raja as he stomps open his presents at 11 a.m. in River's Edge.

Keeper Chats

10:30-11 a.m.

Stop by for keeper chats and animal training demonstrations at the elephant habitats (weather permitting).

Activities at Lakeside Cafe

11 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Learn more about elephants and elephant conservation at keeper chats
• Sign a giant birthday card for Raja
• Touch elephant biofacts
• Participate in elephant activities
• Enjoy birthday cupcakes and hot chocolate, which are available for purchase