Raja celebrates 30th birthday at Saint Louis Zoo

Published: Dec. 27, 2022 at 5:32 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 4, 2023 at 3:21 PM CST
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ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – The Saint Louis Zoo celebrated Raja’s 30th birthday Wednesday.

Raja, who was born on Dec. 27, 1992, was the first elephant born at the Saint Louis Zoo. He has since fathered three daughters, now ages 9, 15 and 16.

On his actual birthday, temperatures were too cold for him to make an appearance, but guests were encouraged to sign a card, enjoy snacks and learn more about elephant conservation.

On Jan. 4, the party was on! The Saint Louis Zoo shared a video of him unwrapping presents. Animal care staff also provided Raja with popcorn, hay and fruits to eat.