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Brookfield Zoo to celebrate baby giraffe's first birthday

BROOKFIELD – Residents and community members from all over the area are invited to join Potoka, the Brookfield Zoo's one-year-old giraffe, as he celebrates his birthday along with the zoo's first World Giraffe Day June 21.

During the festivities – from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. – guests will learn about giraffes, their threatened status and how to protect their environment. A Zoo Chat will begin the celebration, with more chats occurring throughout the day, by explaining how the Chicago Zoological Society, which manages the zoo, cares for the giraffes.

Kids will also be able to craft and create banners and birthday signs for Potoka. For those children who visit the zoo prior to the event, birthday signs and posters can be made at the Hamill Family Play Zoo June 19 and 20.

The day will continue with a birthday parade at noon, followed by Potoka receiving his special birthday cake – made of fruits and vegetables with carrot candles.

Throughout the event, there will also be examples of a giraffe's favorite foods, giraffe hides and more displayed at the waterhole for guests.

In conjunction with Potoka's first birthday, the Saturday event will also be in light of the first ever World Giraffe Day. The day is meant to raise awareness of giraffes across the globe while teaching zoo guests how to protect giraffes that live in the wild.

Admission for World Giraffe Day is free with the zoo's general admission. Adults admission is $16.95, seniors and children between 3 and 11 are $11.95, and children under 2 are free.

For more information about the event, contact the zoo at 708-688-8000, or visit

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