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Punch and Qannik’s Birthday Celebration (2023)

January 7, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

The Louisville Zoo will kick off the new year on Saturday, January 7 with very special animal birthdays. Gather round and sing “Happy Birthday” as we celebrate Asian elephant Punch’s 53rd and polar bear Qannik’s 12th birthday. 

1:30 p.m. at the Elephant Exhibit
Punch’s 53rd Birthday

Asian elephant Punch celebrates her big 50! Asian elephant Punch arrived at the Louisville Zoo on November 28, 1973 at approximately three years of age from Southwicks Zoo, MA.  Punch was wild born so her exact birth date is estimated. She enjoys playing with her boomer ball and eating squash.

2:15 p.m. at Glacier Run
Qannik’s 12th birthday

Watch as Qannik celebrates her 9th birthday with special birthday enrichment items. Qannik was rescued from the wild after being found on Alaska’s North Slope in 2011, separated from her mother and sibling. She is a great ambassador for her species and arctic conservation. Her exact birth date is unknown but officials from the USFWS assigned Jan. 10 as her birthday. Each year the Zoo celebrates on a Saturday in January.

Click HERE to learn more about Qannik’s rescue, “Operation Snowflake”

Want to celebrate in style? Order a cool, limited-edition polar bear shirt or sweatshirt, available in unisex, women’s and children’s styles.

By purchasing a shirt, you are directly contributing to the daily care and enrichment of polar bears Qannik, Lee and 1,100+ other endangered, threatened and vulnerable animals that call your Zoo home. Click here to learn more.


January 7, 2023
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
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