Belle won’t have all the fun, Bowie is also turning 1

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Belle won’t have all the fun, Bowie is also turning 1

Fort Worth Zoo celebrates second Asian elephant calf’s first birthday

FORT WORTH, Texas – The Fort Worth Zoo is doubling the fun this summer with a second elephant birthday party, this time in honor of Bowie’s first birthday, Friday, Aug. 1, Saturday, Aug. 2 and Sunday, Aug. 3.

The three-day celebration will feature birthday-themed entertainment for all guests to enjoy, including treats for the first 1,000 guests each day. Guests can also enjoy keeper chats and animal enrichment activities at various exhibits throughout the Zoo, including the presentation of Bowie’s birthday “cake” each day at 10:15 a.m. in the Asian elephant yard and daily elephant baths (after a good roll in the mud) at 4:45 p.m. Friday and 5:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Bowie’s birthday party is 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.

Bowie was born on Aug. 5, 2013, a short 29 days after Belle arrived, weighing 230 pounds and standing 36 inches tall. Bowie’s birth transformed the Fort Worth Zoo’s elephants into a three-generation herd, making Bluebonnet (born at the Zoo in December 1998) a mother, Rasha a grandmother and Belle an aunt. This family dynamic mimics how herds are established in the wild. Bowie is named after Jim Bowie, a legendary figure of the American frontier and a hero of the Texas Revolution. All three of the elephants born at the Fort Worth Zoo have authentic Texas-inspired names that start with the letter ‘B.’

The nationally acclaimed Fort Worth Zoo has been ranked the No. 5 zoo in the nation by USA Travel Guide, the No. 1 attraction in the DFW Metroplex by Zagat survey and a top 10 zoo or aquarium by FamilyFun magazine. The Zoo is home to more than 500 animal species and a world-famous reptile collection, housed in the brand new Museum of Living Art (MOLA). The institution’s focus on education and conservation is second to none, enhancing the lives of more than 1 million visitors a year.


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