A Virtual Celebration!

Sunday, December 27, 2020
11 a.m. 

For the safety of Zoo guests, staff and the animals, there will not be any birthday celebration activities at River's Edge for guests. 
Guests visiting the Zoo on December 27 will not be able to witness the birthday celebration. 

How do you celebrate a birthday in 2020? You decorate your lawn with large birthday signs and gather virtually, of course! For 27 years, we’ve been celebrating male Asian elephant Raja’s birthday with huge signs in the form of enrichment-filled birthday presents decorating his habitat for the big day. This year, no matter where you are, you can join us virtually and celebrate with Raja from the comfort of your own couch!

Enjoy this special pre-taped video of Raja’s 28th (yes, he’s 28!) birthday celebration!

The elephant care team will be sure the birthday boy and the rest of the elephant family enjoy some extra special enrichment in honor of the day.

Raja, the first Asian elephant born at the Zoo on December 27, 1992, is the father of three female calves at the Zoo — Maliha, 14, Jade, 13, and Priya, 7. 


Join the Celebration!

  • Enjoy special activities and videos and sign Raja's virtual birthday card!

Click here for special online birthday activities

  Raja's 28th Birthday
Raja's 28th Birthday
  The First 27 Years
The First 27 Years
  Zoo Animal Stories: Raja's Story
Zoo Animal Stories: Raja's Story

Click here to see photos and videos from past celebrations!

Our Zoo is Helping Asian Elephants

The Saint Louis Zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan® (SSP) for Asian elephants. This is a cooperative breeding program, with a number of zoos working together to ensure the survival of the species. In addition, our state-of-the-art elephant facility River's Edge was designed to enable us to breed our elephants -- and our plans have definitely paid off!

We Care About Elephants

Want to know more about how the Saint Louis Zoo takes care of Asian elephants?

We Care About Elephants

Missouri House Commends Elephant Care

Getting Ready for Baby (elephant, that is!)

Taking Care of our Elephants

The Need to Breed
Managing our Asian Elephant Population

Elephant Edibles
Providing Excellent Elephant Nutrition

Enriching our Elephants

Building a Home for our Elephants

Which Elephant is Which?

Helping Elephants in the Wild

AZA Elephant Taxon Advisory Group