Miya, the baby Japanese Macaque is turning one this weekend and to celebrate, the Zoo will be giving Miya and the rest of the macaques a special birthday cupcake that will have yummy treats this Friday at 10 a.m.
In addition, Blank Park Zoo will be holding a birthday party and Earth Day celebration in honor of Miya this Saturday on April 20. The first 200 visitors to the Zoo will be given a birthday treat. In addition, a portion of the day’s admissions proceeds will be used to support primate conservation at the Limbe Wildlife Center in Cameroon.
Guests will be able to sign a giant birthday card for Miya, watch special Macaque ‘birthday enrichment’ as Miya and the rest of the macaques are given a special cupcake toy, and keepers will present special keeper chats and enrichment and 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
For those wishing to purchase Miya a gift, keepers are asking for the following items:
- Trader Joe’s Squishers, Miya’s all-time favorite treat
- all natural yogurt
- wholegrain pasta – Miya prefers spaghetti
- whole grain cereals – cheerios, shredded wheat, other “natural” cereals
- Sugar free jello
In addition, all monkey themed merchandise will be discounted 20 percent in the Zoo’s gift shop.