Asheboro, NC — The North Carolina Zoo is celebrating 40 years of operation during 2014. But one of the zoo’s most iconic animals is also celebrating a 40th birthday.

C’sar, the zoo’s oldest African elephant and the longest resident animal in the park, will be honored with a 40th birthday party, on Saturday, Aug. 16.

The festivities will include a special ice cake made of frozen treats presented to C’sar at 11 a.m. and cupcakes for visitors. The events will also include keeper talks, face painting, educational programs on elephants and a giant birthday card for the guest of honor.

The N.C. Zoological Society, the zoo’s non-profit support organization, will be selling special wristbands with proceeds going to support the zoo’s elephant conservation efforts in Cameroon, Africa. The festivities run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the zoo’s Elephant Exhibit.

The North Carolina Zoo is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, John E. Skvarla, III, Secretary; Pat McCrory, Governor.