Posts Tagged 'animal birthdays'

Happy Birthday, Zeke!

Our zebra shark, Zeke, is turning four-years-old today (and on the 4th of November, no less)!

Zeke and our second zebra shark, Zoe, have a very close relationship. They can often be seen hanging out together in the sandy, flat areas of Blacktip Reef!

national aquarium zebra sharks zeke and zoe

Hint: Zeke is the much smaller one!

As juveniles, zebra sharks have dark bodies with yellowish stripes. As they mature, their patterning changes to small dark spots. Zeke is starting to lose his stripes – soon, he’ll be covered in spots, like Zoe!

In addition to their distinctive spots, our zebra sharks can be easily recognized by their impressively long tails!

Couldn’t make it down to wish Zeke a Happy Birthday in person today? Catch him on our Shark Cam

Happy 25th Birthday, Margaret!

National Aquarium is celebrating a very special birthday today: Margaret, our blue hyacinth macaw, is turning 25!

With the help of our Animal Programs staff, Margaret started her day off with a special enrichment surprise:

national aquarium hyacinth macaw

Hyacinth macaws are one of the largest species of parrot – they are typically 40 inches in length and can have a wingspan of up to 5 feet! They’re on of the few species of parrot that can even mimic human speech. Margaret can say “Hello” (and she loves to say it a lot!) and is learning to say her name!

national aquarium hyacinth macaw

Did you know? Hyacinth macaws have beaks specially designed for cracking the hardest nuts in the world, the Brazil nut!

In addition to a powerful beak, Margaret has some pretty powerful and nimble feet that help her climb trees, hold food and even play with toys (or in today’s case, rip through a present box filled with newspaper and treats!).

national aquarium hyacinth macaw

Hyacinth macaws can be found in parts of Brazil, eastern Bolivia, and northeastern Paraguay. Unlike most parrots that prefer tropical rain forest habitats, this species of macaw usually makes its home in lightly forested areas such as palm swamps and flooded grasslands! At the Aquarium, you can see Margaret during our Animal Encounters throughout the day.

Can’t stop by in person to wish Margaret a happy birthday? Leave her a note in the comments section or on our Facebook page

Happy birthday, Bayley!

Today our youngest dolphin, Bayley, turns 2 years old! Bayley is the daughter of Chesapeake and Chinook. 

In between training sessions and shows, you can often see her chasing and playing with 3-year-old Foster, investigating new toys, or just resting and swimming under her mom, Chesapeake.

We have also seen Bayley blow bubbles underwater and play with them! They are in the form of rings or even long lines, which we call “bubble snakes,” which she chases and bites at.

Bayley is extremely energetic and eager to learn new things. She just recently learned the “high jump” behavior, in which the dolphin jumps up and touches a buoy suspended in the air. With her small size, Bayley only jumps about 10 feet out of the water right now, but as she grows bigger and stronger, she’ll be able to hit the buoy almost 20 feet in the air, like her big sister Maya!

Look for Bayley and her high jump in our show, Our Ocean Planet.

In lieu of presents, you can TXT the word ACT to 20222 to give Bayley a gift! Your $5 donation will support the care and feeding of Bayley and her 16,000 aquatic friends at the Aquarium.

Happy Birthday, Foster!

Foster, an Atlantic bottlenose dolphin calf born at the Aquarium on September 9, 2007, is one year old today!

The dolphin trainers held a small birthday party for Foster, presenting him with special toys and plenty of well wishes. Foster’s mom, Jade, and a few other dolphins even joined in the fun! Click here to see the video!

Visitors will have the opportunity to share in the celebration this week during dolphin shows and can puchase special birthday cupcakes at the Aquariums’ cafes through Sunday, September 14. For each cupcake sold, $.50 will go toward puchasing enrichment items for Foster and friends!

Daily enrichment and play is an important part of a dolphin’s life at the Aquarium. For more information on how you can donate items to the Aquarium’s animals, visit www.aqua.org/donate.


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