Here’s a great reason to visit the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Sunday -- there’s going to be a big birthday celebration for Beco, the baby Asian elephant. He’ll be turning 2 that day!

His name came from a “Name the Baby Elephant” contest, and is a combination of his mother’s name, PhoeBE, and his father’s name, COco.

In celebration of Beco’s second birthday the Zoo will be throwing a party complete with free cake, games and activities, appearances by some of Beco’s friends including Manny Manatee and Polly Polar Bear and more. Beco will also receive a special gift from our keepers to celebrate his big day.

Events take place between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the Asia Quest mallway in front of the pachyderm building (it’s on the north side of the big pond).

Guests will have the opportunity to purchase a copy of “Beco's Big Year” and have their books signed by author Linda Stanek. Author John Becker will also be in attendance to sign copies of his book “Frenemies.”

Go to columbuszoo.org for more information.