(Omaha, NE) -- There will be a big birthday party at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium this weekend.
The zoo is inviting the public to join in celebrating elephants Eugenia and Sonny’s first birthdays. The public birthday party for both one-year-old African elephant calves will be Saturday, January 21, at 10:30 a.m. in the Elephant Family Quarters. In celebration, the zoo says there will be special birthday enrichment for the elephants, cupcakes for the public, and a photo opportunity with life-size cutouts of Eugenia and Sonny. Visitors are encouraged to snap an “elphie” and share their birthday greetings using the hashtag #OmahaZooBirthdays. There is no charge to join the celebration with paid Zoo admission or membership.
Eugenia was the first African elephant born at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on January 7, 2022, to mother KiKi and father Callee. Her first weight on January 16, 2022, was 181 pounds and she now weigh 696 pounds. Sonny is the second African elephant born at Omaha’s Zoo on January 30, 2022. He was born to mother Claire and father Callee. Sonny’s first weight on February 4, 2022, was 202 pounds and his current weight is 770 pounds.
There are a total of eight elephants in the herd, including Eugenia and Sonny. Two more elephants, Jayei and Lolly, are expecting.