A Virtual Celebration!
Sunday, December 27, 2020
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!
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?
The Need to Breed
Managing our Asian Elephant Population
Providing Excellent Elephant Nutrition