Penzi’s 3rd Birthday

Friday, April 7, 2023
9:00 am — 11:00 am

Three cheers for three years!  

Join us as we celebrate the third birthday of Penzi, Reid Park Zoo’s littlest elephant, and one of the Zoo’s most beloved ambassadors. Learn all about elephants and what it takes to care for them at the Zoo.  Help sing Happy Birthday and watch as Penzi and her family crunch into a special birthday enrichment.  This event is presented by the Narcus Family Trust

There will be free cupcakes for the first 300 kids (while supplies last), performances by Mr. Nature, games, elephant-themed crafts and more. Take your own “elfie” and show your support for elephants everywhere.  Meet docents with animal artifacts, leave a message on a giant card for Penzi and the herd, and hear what you can do to help protect wild elephants as we honor all things pachyderm.  

This event is included with Zoo admission and free for Zoo Members!


Schedule of Activities:

9 a.m. Free birthday cupcakes for the first 300 guests while supplies last, courtesy of the Narcus Family Trust

9-11 a.m. Elephant ear craft, “elfies” photo op, games with Tucson Parks and Recreation’s Ready, Set, Rec, artifact touch carts, sign a giant birthday card

9:30 a.m. Sing Happy Birthday to Penzi

9:30–10:30 a.m. Interactive performances by children’s musician Mr. Nature

9:45 a.m. Keeper chat about Penzi and her developments

10:30 a.m. Keeper chat about Penzi and the elephant herd at the Zoo as well as conservation programs to help protect wild elephants and wild habitats