It’s an ‘elebration’.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo is hosting a celebration of mammoth proportions on Saturday.
Actually it’s an ‘elebration’ because Cuddles, the zoo’s African elephant, is turning 40.
To celebrate, the zoo is marking this occasion with some special activities at the African elephant exhibit.
Visitors will have the opportunity to go on a behind the scenes tour, guided by a zoo volunteer to see where the elephants sleep at night and also learn about the special care program for the zoo’s older Elephants and what goes on behind the scenes.
This is something that is not normally open to the public. Volunteers will be collecting a gold coin donation as part of the tour with funds raised going towards the Biodiversity and Elephant Conservation Trust located in Sri Lanka.
There will also be colouring-in and activity sheets for the kids as well as a display of the amount of food an elephant eats per day.
The biggest part of the day will be the opportunity for visitors to sing happy birthday to Cuddles as she receives an elephant style birthday surprise that her keepers have been working on.
Cuddles has been at the zoo since it opened in 1977 and therefore has played a large role in its history. Many visitors to the zoo have a fond memory of Cuddles, so it is only appropriate that she is given a special birthday bash to celebrate this milestone.
Locals can utilise the special Mates Rates offer which is less than half the normal admission price to come out and join in the festivities.
The ‘elebration’ will take place between 10am to 2pm on Saturday so come out to the zoo and help us celebrate this momentous occasion.