New Year’s Day/Animal Birthday Celebrations: January 1, 2015, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. –The public is invited to celebrate New Year’s Day at the Zoo, and to wish “happy birthday” to some Zoo animals on January 1, 2015. Hugo, the Zoo’s youngest Mexican spider monkey, is celebrating his 2nd birthday. Lewis and Clark, two North American black bear brothers, are turning 14 years old, and Micco, a Florida panther ambassador, is turning three years old. Each of the animals will receive a special birthday enrichment during their corresponding Keeper Talks: Black Bear Training, 12:30 p.m.; Mexican Spider Monkey Feeding, 1:30 p.m.; Panther Talk, 2:30 p.m.
At a Kid’s Eco-Friendly Craft Station in the Interactive Play Fountain area, children can make their own party hats, while being taught to reuse materials around their homes to encourage recycling. The event is included in the cost of Zoo admission.