The Talaxian named Neelix is one of the main characters in Star Trek Voyager:

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His duties on board the ship range from chef, to ambassador and ship's moral officer. Also, through-out the seasons we get to know a lot about his interests (mainly throwing parties, cooking and hooking up with alien babes...), his family, his planet etc, but we never learn his age, something a tad strange as actually in one episode he was preoccupied with Tuvok's age!

Out of universe, his Memory Alpha biography doesn't seem to mention his age and I don't remember any of the producers discussing this (but I could be wrong).

So my question is: Do we know how old Neelix is?

Both canon and EU sources/quotes will be accepted.

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    at least fifteen (given he was present for the events at rinax in 2356) though i suspect significantly older. also shouldn't that really say alien babies?
    – Ummdustry
    Jun 10, 2018 at 16:42
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    @Ummdustry Perhaps, if you consider Kes ;) Otherwise, it's correct as it is.
    – Hans Olo
    Jun 10, 2018 at 16:52
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    Memory-Beta (referencing various EU novels) gives his birthdate as 2337
    – Valorum
    Jun 10, 2018 at 20:05
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    Pathways by Jeri Taylor covers Neelix's childhood and early experiences up to meeting Voyager. It's probably in there somewhere... I just bought an ebook copy but I haven't found it yet. Jul 30, 2018 at 4:11
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    I remember he got real old, real quickly like, during Voyager's run. Sep 25, 2019 at 15:09

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According to Memory Beta article about Neelix:

Neelix was born in 2337 on Rinax in the Delta Quadrant's Talax system, a son of Eximar and Axa. Following the slaughter of his entire family by the Haakonians in 2355, Neelix became a spacegoing trader until a fortunate encounter with Voyager in 2371, which saw him become guide, cook and morale officer, and "ambassador" for the Federation starship. Neelix remained aboard until 2377, when he joined with a group of Talaxians thousands of light-years away from Talax. (VOY episode & novelization: Caretaker; VOY episodes: "Parallax", "Jetrel", "Homestead"; VOY novel: Pathways)

So, when he joined Voyager in 2371, he was 34 years old.

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    And what is their source? (Like, quote from the original novel?)
    – Jenayah
    Sep 25, 2019 at 14:31
  • As was discussed in above comments, it is mentioned in Pathways (which I have unfortunately not yet read). Just seen the question and remember having read this when I checked up on Neelix recently.
    – Shade
    Sep 25, 2019 at 14:32

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