Packy’s 50th birthday party April 14

The Oregon Zoo‘s Packy the elephant is turning 50 years old this Saturday, April 14, and the zoo is celebrating its beloved elephant with a birthday bash featuring music, games, and cake. The party is free with zoo admission and runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors born on the same date as the elephant (April 14, 1962) will receive free admission for themselves and a guest this Saturday. People turning 50 this year will receive 50 percent off admission for themselves and a guest, as will people born on April 14 of any year. Proof of birth date (government-issued ID) is required. At 2 p.m., Packy will be knighted by the Royal Rosarians and then chow down on his enormous birthday cake. Humans can enjoy cake at noon. A full party schedule is available here, along with information about Packy’s history, the zoo’s elephant herd, 50 ways to celebrate Packy’s 50th, and Packy-themed activities taking place across the city. The zoo opens at 9 a.m. daily and is located just off Highway 26. For more details, visit