Party with the animals for baby Belle’s birthday

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Party with the animals for baby Belle’s birthday

Fort Worth Zoo celebrates Asian elephant calf’s first birthday

FORT WORTH, Texas – Asian elephant calf Belle will turn 1 year old on Monday, July 7, and the Fort Worth Zoo is hosting a summer birthday party in her honor all day Friday, July 11, Saturday, July 12 and Sunday, July 13.

The weekend-long 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 Belle’s birthday treat each day at 10:15 a.m. in the Asian elephant yard.

Belle’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.

Belle was born on July 7, 2013, to the Zoo’s 40-year-old Asian elephant, Rasha, after a 22-month gestation, weighing 330 pounds and standing 38 inches tall. Belle is the second elephant calf birth in the Fort Worth Zoo’s 105-year history (Bluebonnet was born in December 1998) and her arrival was a city-wide celebration. Zoo officials announced the arrival of a male Asian elephant calf nearly a month after Belle’s birth. Bowie was born on Aug. 5 and preparations are underway for his upcoming birthday bash.

For more event information, visit the Zoo's website.

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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For further information, contact:

Alexis Wilson, Communications Director
awilson@fortworthzoo.org

Avery Elander, Public Relations Manager
aelander@fortworthzoo.org

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