Raja at the St. Louis Zoo

The Saint Louis Zoo’s bull elephant, Raja, will receive special presents to celebrate his 24th birthday Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 11 a.m. in River’s Edge at the Zoo, weather permitting. Visitors are invited to sing “Happy Birthday” and cheer for Raja.

Raja was the first Asian elephant born at the Zoo and has sired four female calves — Maliha, Jade, Kenzi and Priya!

For the party, zookeepers and volunteers have constructed birthday presents filled with some of the elephant’s favorite things, including cereal, melons, bananas and popcorn. Large trees will be provided for the elephants to push over and encourage natural browsing. Other elephants from the family may also be celebrating with treats of their own in River’s Edge.

From 10:30-11 a.m., there will be keeper chats and animal training demonstrations at the elephant habitats, weather permitting. After the celebration, visitors can sign a super-sized birthday card and learn more about the elephants and elephant conservation through keeper chats, activities and biofacts at Lakeside Cafe until 1 p.m.

Birthday cupcakes and hot chocolate will be available for purchase.

For more information, people should visit stlzoo.org/raja.

The Zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except on days of U.S. Bank Wild Lights, when it closes to the public at 4 p.m. Wild Lights continues Dec. 14-23, and Dec. 26-30 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. For tickets and information, visit stlzoo.org/wildlights.

The Zoo will close at 3 p.m. Dec. 24 and Dec. 31, and will be closed all day Dec. 25 and Jan. 1.