Belle & Bowie’s First Birthday Celebrations


From viral video stardom to a surprise birth announcement in the sky, it’s been an exciting year for the Fort Worth Zoo’s baby Asian elephant calves Belle and Bowie. Turning 1 is twice the fun at the Fort Worth Zoo with a weekend-long birthday celebration for Belle July 11, 12 & 13 and an additional birthday bash for Bowie Aug. 1, 2 & 3.

Birthday-themed entertainment will be located throughout the Zoo for all guests to enjoy, including:

  • Presentation of elephant birthday “cakes”
  • Birthday treats for the first 1,000 guests each day
  • Animal enrichment activities and Wild Encounters keeper chats
  • Fun photo opportunities
  • Elephant craft activity**

Belle and Bowie’s birthday parties are free with Zoo admission – $12 for adults, $9 for children ages 3 to 12, $9 for seniors ages 65 and up, and free for children 2 and younger. The event is free for Zoo members. Click here to purchase tickets online.

Schedule of Events

10:15 a.m. Asian elephant birthday enrichment activity Asian Falls
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Elephant craft activity (while supplies last) Picnic Outpost
10:30 a.m. Gorilla enrichment activity World of Primates
11 a.m. Gharial, turtle and fish enrichment activity* Museum of Living Art (MOLA)
11:30 a.m. Meerkat enrichment activity * African Savannah
Noon Coati enrichment activity Texas Wild!
1 p.m. North American river otter enrichment activity* Texas Wild!
1:30 p.m. Raptor Mews enrichment activity* Texas Wild!
2 p.m. Black bear enrichment activity* Texas Wild!
3 p.m. Ring-tailed lemur enrichment activity MOLA
3:30 p.m. Asian elephant calf training Asian Falls
4 p.m. Hippo enrichment activity* African Savannah
4:45 p.m.
July 11 and Aug. 1
Asian elephant grooming Asian Falls
5:45 p.m.
July 12 & 13, Aug. 2 & 3
Asian elephant grooming Asian Falls

*Wild Encounters keeper chat – Schedule is subject to change. Please check the clocks at the exhibits for accurate times.

Not sure how to shop for an elephant? Give the special gift of a symbolic adoption, which will contribute to Belle and Bowie’s care and feeding for one full year. Click here to adopt Belle, Bowie or both baby elephants.

**Special thanks to
for providing the elephant craft materials.

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