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Posted by Diana Jones on 04/06/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                      April 4, 2012



Tara Henson                       (405) 425-0219, (405) 919-9038, cell or [email protected]

Candice Rennels                 (405) 425-0298, (405) 412-6172, cell or [email protected]



It’s a pachyderm-sized party at the Oklahoma City Zoo and everyone is invited to join in the fun as we celebrate Malee the elephant’s first birthday! Journey to the Zoo on Sunday, April 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. to take part in elephant-themed activities, sweet snacks and lots of fun for our elephant family! Party sponsors include: News9,, 98.9 KISS FM and La Indomable.

The celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. in the Zoo’s Global Plaza with free activities, party favor giveaways and delicious treats provided by local bakeries. The first 2,000 guests can enjoy sweet treats donated by Ingrid’s Kitchen, Johnnies Sweet Creations and Bakery, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Sweete Memories and Sugar while supplies last. Activities include:

  • A meet-and-greet with Penny, the Zoo’s elephant mascot
  • Giveaways of stickers, posters and elephant “ears”
  • A chance for guests to sign Malee’s supersized birthday card
  • Free photo memories from the Oklahoma Photobooth Co.

At 1:15 p.m., guests can head down to the free daily elephant presentation for a very special birthday party! Join  Zoo staff in singing “Happy Birthday” to Malee and watch as Malee, mom Asha and aunt Chandra enjoy some special, elephant-friendly birthday cupcakes. After the presentation, watch the girls and recent addition Rex enjoy some giant-sized cakes (specially designed for the elephants) in their yards.

Malee loves to play and you can, too! Enter to win a Rex play structure from Rex Playground Equipment by completing a Malee’s Birthday Bash coloring sheet and returning it to the Zoo by April 30. Coloring sheets are available at the Zoo’s Guest Relations office, Rex Playground Equipment (2727 N.W. 10th St. in Oklahoma City) and online at (click on the “Malee’s Birthday Bash” logo). You must be at least 18 years old to enter and parents may submit coloring sheets from children.

Malee, an Asian elephant, was born on April 15, 2011 to first-time mom Asha and dad Sneezy (of the Tulsa Zoo). Her name means “flower” or “jasmine” in Thai. She weighed in at 304 pounds at birth and is now up to a whopping 1,100 pounds, but has a ways to go to catch up to her 8,000-pound mom! Very energetic and eager, Malee loves swimming, giving herself dust baths and training sessions with her keepers (training helps with medical care and is fun). Elephant calves can nurse for up to two years of age (and after for comfort). Although she has just started eating solid foods, she already has some favorites, including bread, grapes and apples.

The Zoo participates in conservation programs to help insure the survival of many endangered species like Asian elephants. One easy way to support this effort is through our Round Up for Conservation program. When you make a purchase at the Zoo, just round up your purchase to the next dollar and your money will support conservation projects. A few cents makes a lot of sense and a big impact.

We heart elephants at the Oklahoma City Zoo! Visit Oklahoma’s #1 attraction and one of the top three zoos in the country as named in the 2012 10Besties Readers' Choice Travel Awards! The Oklahoma City Zoo is a proud member of Oklahoma City’s Adventure District located at the crossroads of I-44 and I-35. Hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Buildings close at 4:45 p.m. daily. Regular admission is $8 for adults, $5 for children ages three-11 and seniors ages 65 and over. Children two and under are admitted free. Become a Zoo fan at or follow us on Twitter @okczoo. To learn more about these and other happenings, call (405) 424-3344 or visit


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