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"Zuau" brings fun to Louisiana Purchase Zoo

The Louisiana Purchase Zoological Society will host a "Zuau" with an unveiling of the tribute to Shirley the Elephant and Solomon James.

On Saturday, June 11, The Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo is hosting a "Zuau" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the event, coconuts will be hidden around the zoo containing prizes and a hula dance contest. Guests are also encouraged to wear a swimsuit and bring a towel because the splash pad will be open.

At 11 a.m., the Zoological society will an unveil a new sculpture as a tribute to Shirley the Elephant and her longtime keeper, Solomon James. Maggie Generoso, president of the Louisiana Purchase Zoological Society, said about Shirley, "She was at the Louisiana Purchase Gardens and Zoo for 22 years. After 22 years, she retired. She had some health issues, so she moved to the Elephant Sanctuary and was there for 20 more plus years."

The event also features inflatable water slides and a hula dance contest.

Admission to the zoo is $10 for adults and $6 for children two and older.

Sydney Russo is originally from West Monroe, Louisiana. She is currently enrolled in The University of Louisiana at Monroe and is studying Communications. Her concentration is in Digital Media.