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Posted by Candice Rennels on 04/08/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                   April 5, 2013


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




       Celebrate at the Zoo as our little Malee turns two! The Oklahoma City Zoo invites everyone to Malee’s Second Birthday Bash on Sunday, April 14, 2013. Party with us from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. with cake for thousands, party favors for guests and our elephants, and more! The first 5,000 guests will receive a pair of commemorative birthday elephant ears courtesy of News9 and the Zoo.

      The celebration kicks off at 1 p.m. in the Zoo’s Global Plaza with free giveaways and delicious treats provided by local bakeries. Guests can sample tasty treats, while they last, provided by Johnnies Sweet Creations and Bakery, Cakes & More, Nothing Bundt Cakes and Rosebeary’s Designs In Baking. Well wishers can also sign Malee’s giant birthday cards while in the Global Plaza.

      At 2:15 p.m. (a special time just for the birthday girl,) guests will want a seat at the free daily elephant presentation in the Elephant Habitat’s pavilion as the party continues. Join Zoo staff and News9’s Bobbie Miller in singing “Happy Birthday” to Malee and watch as she blows out the candle on her own cupcake custom made by Johnnies Sweet Creations. After the presentation, watch as all the Zoo’s Asian elephants including adult females Asha, Malee’s mom, Chandra and bull, Rex celebrate with specially made, Zoo-approved cakes courtesy of Johnnies Sweet Creations, in their yards.     

     Oklahomans of all ages have fallen in love with Malee since her birth on April 15, 2011, and taken “parental pride” in watching her grow over the past two years. The little elephant who weighed 304 pounds at birth is now a healthy 1,800 pounds! Spunky and full of energy, Malee is a sight to see. She loves spending time with mom Asha and Aunt Chandra, swimming, giving herself dust baths, playtime with her enrichment toys and training sessions with her keepers (training helps with medical care and is fun.)

     Wondering what a two year elephant wants for her birthday? Shop the Zoo’s Wild Wish List on, to find enrichment gifts for Malee and other animals at the Zoo. Items listed have been selected to generate the interest, curiosity, development and enjoyment of particular animals or species. To learn more, visit

     The Zoo participates in conservation programs to help ensure the survival of many endangered species like Asian elephants. One easy way to support this effort is through the Zoo’s Round Up for Conservation program. When making a purchase at the Zoo, guests can just round up their purchase total to the next dollar and the funds will support conservation projects. A few cents makes a lot of sense and a big impact.

     I spy, elephant-sized fun for everyone at the Zoo. The 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 3-11, and $5 for 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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