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One will likely never live to see 128 years old, but no matter what the age, birthdays are meant to signify the joys of life.

There is nothing more full of life than a zoo and Miller Park Zoo of Bloomington is proud to be one of the oldest zoos in America, celebrating 128 years Saturday with a birthday celebration.

Miller Park Zoo Business Manager Anthony Nelson is proud of the learning experience and quality family entertainment the zoo has been able to provide to the Central Illinois community for so many years.

“We get children excited and engaged with nature and animals,” Nelson said. “This creates future generations who are excited about conservation, education, recycling and many other things that are important to our planet’s long-term health.”

Festivities will include crafts, games, local vendors with giveaways, face painting and birthday cake, among other things. Everything is free with Zoo admission.

Nelson believes that support from the City of Bloomington, the Miller Park Zoological Society and generous donor along with a supportive community contributes to the longevity of the zoo.

“We hope to continue to grow, add more exhibits and improve on the older areas of the Zoo,” Nelson said. “There will be more educational and conservation-driven activities and events.”

GRACE BARBIC is the News Editor for The Vidette. She can be contacted at Follow her on Twitter at @gracebarbic.

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