Join us for Elephant Appreciation Day on Saturday and Sunday (9/19 & 9/20) as we celebrate Ruth and Emily’s 62nd and 56th birthdays! Stop by the Asian elephant habitat at 10:00am or 3:00pm during the Elephant Keeper Chat to wish Ruth and Emily a BIG Happy Birthday. Our dedicated elephant keepers will be available to answer questions while offering these pretty pachyderms some special birthday surprises.

Did you know – Ruth is the 3rd oldest Asian elephant and Emily is the 9th oldest Asian elephant in an AZA accredited facility? Their vitality and health in their advanced age is a testament to the high level of care we provide for these magnificent animals. It is an honor and a privilege to provide a home for these beautiful elephants and we welcome the community to join us in celebrating them!

  • If you would like to bring Emily and Ruth a birthday gift, donations of unopened packages of unsalted shelled peanuts, yogurt covered raisins, and dried fruit will be accepted on their behalf.
  • You can make a donation in their honor that goes directly towards Asian elephant conservation.
  • Or you can symbolically adopt an elephant through our new Adopt an Animal program.

If you can’t make it to the Zoo, we will also be celebrating with a Facebook Live video on Saturday at 10:00am – tune in to our Facebook page and watch our special girls enjoy birthday treats and festive enrichment.