Lucas the Elephant Calf Celebrates First Birthday

Posted May 23rd, 2012 by Andi Norman  Category: Arts & Entertainment


On Saturday, June 2, the Toledo Zoo celebrates the first birthday of one very big birthday boy – Lucas the African elephant calf!

Festivities include:

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Register for a chance to win a super fun Fisher-Price toy basket, worth more than $150

10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Sign a mammoth birthday card for Lucas

10:30 a.m. Lucas gets his presents (we’d tell you what they are, but we don’t want
to spoil the surprise)

1:30 p.m. Lucas gets his birthday card, along with a tasty elephant-sized cupcake the Zoo’s Catering Department prepared for him

No one is sure what Lucas, like many 1-year-olds, will think of his presents or birthday cake, but whether this pachyderm is puzzled or purposeful, it will be fun to watch. His birthday party, sponsored by Meijer, is free with regular Zoo admission. Learn more at

The birthday party is one of Lucas’ first public appearances in the Zoo’s new elephant exhibit, Tembo Trail. This dynamic new exhibit was made possible by the 2006 Lucas County capital levy voters, along with contributors to the Zoo’s capital campaign. Learn more about how Tembo Trail blends extraordinary elephant care with extraordinary visitor experiences at

This summer, the Zoo is open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Zoo is located on the Anthony Wayne Trail (US 25), four miles south of downtown Toledo. For more information, please visit or call 419.385.4040. Lucas County residents are admitted free of charge each Monday from 10 a.m. to noon. Valid ID showing proof of residency is required.

The Toledo Zoo is committed to inspiring others to join in caring for animals and conserving the natural world. As part of that mission, The Toledo Zoo is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a leader in global wildlife conservation. AZA member institutions are dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors and a better future for all living things.

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