Dari Turns 51 at Hogle Zoo Saturday

SALT LAKE CITY (June 22) – Dari, North America’s oldest African elephant in an accredited zoo, is turning 51 and it’s time to celebrate! Utah’s Hogle Zoo will be celebrating this special lady’s special day Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. and everyone is invited to join in on the fun!
 
A groovy 60s themed party will be rocking at Elephant Encounter to commemorate not only the year of Dari’s birth (1960) but also the year she arrived at Hogle Zoo (1967). At 10:30 a.m., Hogle Zoo elephant keepers will be giving a tasty birthday "cake" to Dari, and while she’s digging into that, the first 1,000 people to wish Dari a "happy birthday" at Elephant Encounter will receive a free slice of pie in Oasis Plaza, courtesy of Village Inn.
 
Also in Oasis Plaza will be giant birthday cards that guests can sign for the birthday girl, as well as crafts for the kids, and fun activities for the whole family including a dancing station set up by Play N Trade games.
 
Born in 1960, Dari arrived at Hogle Zoo in 1967. For the next 42 and 1/2 years, she has delighted several generations of Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s families while helping the Animal Care Staff teach about the importance of elephant conservation. Although the poaching of elephants for their ivory has declined since the 1989 "ivory ban", it remains a widespread problem in west and central Africa. A more long-term threat to the species, however, is the loss of habitat available to elephants in the face of expanding human populations.
 
At Utah’s Hogle Zoo’s Elephant Encounter, people can learn about African elephants, their plight in the wild, and how decreasing populations can be helped.
 
Utah’s Hogle Zoo will also be celebrating some of our oldest Zoo residents Kronk and Yzma the Aldabra tortoises at 11 a.m. in the kangaroo yard on the east side of the Small Animal Building.
 
So, join Utah’s Hogle Zoo and celebrate the birthday fun on Saturday, June 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.!
 
Utah’s Hogle Zoo is one of only 223 accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation, and your link to helping animals in their native habitats. For more information visit www.aza.org.