Raja celebrates 21st birthday

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI)– It’s a big birthday and we mean big at the St. Louis Zoo.

Raja, the St. Louis Zoo’s bull elephant, is celebrating his 21st birthday today.  A big crowd gathered at the River’s Edge at the zoo Friday morning and sang happy birthday to Raja.

Zookeepers built giant birthday presents filled with some of his favorite things like cereal, melons and popcorn.

Kids got to sign a special birthday card for Raja as well.

Raja was the first Asian elephant born at the zoo and now has a pretty big family.

For those wanting to visit the zoo this week while on your holiday break, the zoo’s Wild Lights continues through December 30th as well from 5:30 to 8:30 each night.