Button's Birthday

You're invited to Button's 21st Birthday Weekend! Join us Friday, March 16 to Sunday, March 18 for Button's St. Patrick's Day-themed, family-friendly birthday bash. Hippo Haven will turn into hippo party central, with decorations and fanfare, as you join in the fun surrounding the birthday girl’s big day.

Button, born at Parque Zoological de Leon in Mexico on March 22, 1997, is the smaller of our two hippos weighing in at just over 3,000 pounds. Her gal pal, 17-year-old Genny, weighing in at over 4,000 pounds, will join in the festivities and celebrate her exhibit mate’s special day right along with her!


What does Button have planned for the weekend?

What's a Party without Cake? - Button and Genny will enjoy special, fruit and veggie hippo-friendly birthday cakes each morning to kick off party time. Be sure to arrive early and watch the girls chow down on their sweet treats!

Sign Button's "Hippo-Sized Card" - Be sure to wish Button a happy birthday by signing her "hippo-sized" birthday card displayed at the entrance of Hippo Haven.

Hippo Talks and St. Paddy's Day-themed Enrichment - All weekend, watch a variety of enrichment activities, hippo talks, green hippo treats and special hippo birthday wishes – all with a St. Patrick’s Day flair. As the party comes to a close each day, wish happy birthday to Button and a good night to both the girls during Hippo Bedtime.

Color a Hippo-themed Party Placemat - Show off your artistic skills by coloring our hippo-themed placemats at the Hippo Haven Craft Table from 10 AM - 3 PM. Take them home or donate your colorful creation to Cathedral Kitchen, the largest emergency food provider in Camden, NJ serving more than 100,000 meals each year. Location: Blue Mile

Special TD Bank Early Open - Start the celebration early! Show your TD Bank card on Saturday, March 17 or Sunday, March 18 and enter Adventure Aquarium at 9:30 AM, earlier than the general public. 

Limited Edition Hippo "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" Paintings - Hoping to take a little hippo luck o’ the Irish home with you after your visit? Genny and Button have painted special green hippo kisses, available for purchase in The Gift Shop (while supplies last).

Are You as Hungry as a Hippo? - With so many fun activities, we’re sure you’ll work up a big appetite! Throughout the weekend, enjoy Genny's Snack Pack, consisting of assorted fresh veggies with ranch dressing, or munch on Button's Bounty, featuring mixed fresh fruit and yogurt, both available in the Feeding Frenzy Cafe. A special Hippo Birthday Donut Pack, which includes eight hot and fresh donuts drizzled with white chocolate sauce and birthday sprinkles, will be available throughout the weekend. At Gill's Sweet Tooth, a special Hippo Birthday Sundae, with 2 scoops of ice cream and toppings, will also be served up all weekend-long.

Want to take Genny and Button home? - Stop by The Gift Shop to take advantage of a special offer - purchase two super soft, floppy plush hippos (aka Genny and Button) for just $40 during the weekend (original price $24.99 each). Hippo adoptions will also be available with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Turgwe Hippo Trust and hippos in the wild.