HOGLE ZOO TO CELEBRATE ZURI’S FIRST BIRTHDAY

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 6) – There will be toys, presents, guest activities and one enormous cake as Utah’s Hogle Zoo invites the public to celebrate Zuri, the baby elephant’s first birthday on Aug. 14.
 
"It seems like a year has gone by really fast and it’s hard to think it was a whole year ago that Zuri was born. It has been fun to watch her grow as she gains 1.7 lbs a day. She should be around the 890 mark when she’s 1," Elephant Manager Doug Tomkinson said. "Our guests care for Zuri. They’ve watched her grow and play. It will be good for people to come out and help her celebrate her first birthday."
 
To kick off her big day, Zuri will arrive at her party at 10:30 a.m. where guests can watch her open up her presents and eat her birthday cake in the working yard near the African Lodge.
 
The treats aren’t just for Zuri, though, as the first 500 guests to visit Oasis Plaza following Zuri’s escapades will receive a free birthday cupcake.
 
Those who would like to wish Zuri a "happy birthday" can sign a special oversized card and check out many scrapbook ideas that have been created in honor of her first year.
 
There will also be "make and take" crafts for children to take home from the party.
 
Zuri’s birth in August of 2009 at Hogle Zoo plays a significant role in the survival of her species in the wild. With successful elephant breeding of this nature, Hogle Zoo continues to live out its mission to nurture, respect and appreciate the natural world by providing diverse educational, recreational, and conservation opportunities that will benefit generations to come.
 
Arrive early and expect a lot of fun as Hogle Zoo celebrates the first birthday of baby Zuri on Saturday, Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. All birthday party activities begin at 10:30 a.m.
 
Visit babyzuriblog.com or www.hoglezoo.org for more information, or contact Community Relations Coordinator, Lindsey Sine at lsine@hoglezoo.org or call (801) 584-1729.
 
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.