Naturalist Notebook 

August 31, 2010

Happy Birthday Claude!

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Photo: Van House © California Academy of Sciences.

Claude, the Academy’s albino alligator, will celebrate his “golden birthday” in September– that is, he’s turning 15 on the 15th day of the month. Visit between Sept. 8-15 and help us celebrate with gator-themed craft activities in the Naturalist Center (located on Level 3, near the planetarium exit). Make an alligator-inspired birthday hat, or color in a birthday cake for Claude. After all, just because his “birthday suit” is all white, that doesn’t mean his cake has to be!

Then, on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at 9:30am, gather around the Swamp for a rousing chorus of “Happy Birthday,” and watch as aquarium staff present the reptilian star with cupcakes made of gator chow, and decorated with tasty fruit and flowers. Do you share a birthday with Claude (9/15/1995)? Let us know, and tell us what your favorite b-day treat is (probably not gator chow!).


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12 Comments »

  1. Happy Birthday,Claude!

    Comment by Mike — September 1, 2010 @ 6:37 am

  2. Happy Golden Birthday Claude!!

    Comment by Rachel — September 1, 2010 @ 11:40 am

  3. Happy Birthday, Claude!

    Comment by Bonnie — September 2, 2010 @ 3:06 pm

  4. Wow! He doesn’t look a day over 10. Many happy returns, Claude!!!

    Comment by Jessica — September 2, 2010 @ 6:55 pm

  5. Keep dancing, Claude. You’re a natural. Astaire had nothing on you. ;)

    Comment by Rachel — September 2, 2010 @ 11:10 pm

  6. How about a white baseball cap with a Claude face bill with a pink tongue and eyes?

    Comment by Liz — September 3, 2010 @ 10:14 am

  7. Joyeux anniversaire Claude!!!

    Comment by Catherine — September 3, 2010 @ 3:14 pm

  8. claude did you know that your b-day is only 10 days away from mine! you are awesome. happy birthday!

    Comment by ben & madeleine — April 6, 2011 @ 11:29 am

  9. You are my favorite alligator I know- happy alligator birthday!

    Comment by Aaron Gruen — August 2, 2011 @ 7:34 am

  10. Happy birthday, Claude!
    Clara

    Comment by Clara — August 28, 2012 @ 8:10 am

  11. Best belated for 17. :D

    Comment by Daniel — October 17, 2012 @ 12:17 pm

  12. Happy birthday Claude!

    Comment by Sophie — April 7, 2014 @ 6:57 am

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