Raja the Elephant is 26

December 18, 2018 by  

Raja, the bull elephant at the St. Louis Zoo, is celebrating his 26th birthday soon, and everyone’s invited to the party. Raja was born at the Zoo in 1992, the first Asian elephant to be born at the facility.

Martha Fischer, the Zoo’s curator of mammals and ungulates, said everyone’s looking forward to celebrating the elephant’s birthday. Like many “mothers,” she said it seems Raja was born just yesterday, and from that moment on, he was a favorite with Zoo visitors.

For the event, zookeepers, with help from volunteers, have created presents filled with Raja’s favorite treats, including popcorn, bananas, and cereal. There will be large trees for Raja to knock down, a natural behavior. Other elephants in the family will have their own treats. Officials planning events like this can work with a banner printing company to create special banners to promote it.

People who come for the party may want to stick around, since they’ll have a chance to sign an elephant-sized birthday card. They can also enjoy chats with the keepers, biofacts, and activities at the Lakeside Cafe.

The party is set for December 27, at 11 am, at the River’s Edge habitat at the Zoo, if the weather cooperates. Raja is sure to enjoy stomping on his gifts to open them up, and visitors will have a chance to sing “Happy Birthday” to him. The activities at the Lakeside Cafe will run until 1 pm.