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BREC’s Baton Rouge Zoo Celebrates a Birthday…Rhino Style! Visit Zuri, the first black rhino born in Baton Rouge, for her 2nd birthday party

September 19, 2011

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is having a party...and you're invited! Join us at the Zoo on Saturday, September 24, as we celebrate our female black rhino turning two.

How do you celebrate a rhino's birthday? With cake, of course! Zuri, the Baton Rouge Zoo's soon-to-be two-year-old, will have a cake made of many of her favorite treats including carrots for "candles."

The Zoo is planning to give Zuri her cake right after noon, but visit all day for fun activities. A large birthday card will be at the rhino exhibit so visitors may write their birthday and good wishes to Zuri. We will also be handing out cupcakes, while supplies last, to our visitors while Zuri enjoys her "cake." Zoo staff will give chats explaining how the ingredients in Zuri's cake are actually good for her. Wildlife Safari Amphitheatre shows take place at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. and different games and crafts will take place between shows. Children will be able to make their own card for Zuri.

Zuri was born September 28, 2009. The black rhino is part of a Species Survival Plan (SSP). The SSP is a cooperative population management and conservation program for rhinos in zoos and aquariums in North America. Organized by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the plan manages the breeding of a species in order to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable. As an accredited member of AZA, the Baton Rouge Zoo participates in the rhino SSP. With less than 4,000 black rhinos left in Africa, a viable captive could be a hedge against extinction.

BREC's Baton Rouge Zoo is a place where people connect with animals, including elephants, giraffes, rhinos and alligators. The world-class Realm of the Tiger is now open featuring highly endangered tigers, Siamang gibbons and beautiful Asian birds. Visitors can enjoy the new Flamingo Cove and Giants of the Islands, featuring the Zoo's Chilean flamingos and Galapagos and Aldabra tortoises, as well as the Safari Playground, the Otter Pond, our exhibit featuring a replicated fishing cabin with underwater viewing of the otters, L'aquarium de Louisiane, Parrot Paradise and KidsZoo. Adults and children can ride the Cypress Bayou Railroad on a scenic ride through the unique Louisiana habitat that surrounds the core Zoo. The Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you and a better future for all living things.

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Adults and Teens: $7.00

Seniors: $6.00

Children 2-12: $4.00

1 & under: FREE


Admissions open 9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Daily

Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m.

Fun Fact
Giraffes average only two hours of sleep a day.
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