The European polecat is designed for one thing…

Polecats live in a variety of habitats across Europe. by Rick LoBello, Education Curator One of the most distinctive characteristics of the polecat, like with its closest relatives, is its long slim body.   This body shape enables the polecat to crawl in and out of the holes and dwellings of prey species like common voles, … Continue reading The European polecat is designed for one thing…

The H-snake, one of our most secretive neighbors

by Rick LoBello, Education Curator Very little is known about the Trans-Pecos rat snake, another rare species found here in the Chihuahuan Desert.   It is often called the “H snake” because of the h-like pattern along the entire body of the snake.   This snake lives in dry, rocky terrain dominated by desert plants like mesquite, … Continue reading The H-snake, one of our most secretive neighbors

Conservation Spotlight: Galapagos Tortoise Movement Ecology Programme

Galapagos tortoise, all photos courtesy GTMEP The El Paso Zoo is supporting conservation efforts around the world The Galapagos Tortoise Movement Ecology Programme would not be possible without the support and commitment of donors, collaborators and partners. A recent donation from the El Paso Zoo is a valuable contribution and will cover all expenses for … Continue reading Conservation Spotlight: Galapagos Tortoise Movement Ecology Programme

Predators like the jaguar play a very important role in the ecosystem

Mother jaguar and cubs. US Fish and Wildlife Service photo. The Zoo's new Chihuahuan Desert exhibit is home to Guapo and Luna, a pair of jaguars who are now Conservation Ambassadors for jaguar recovery efforts in the US and the conservation of jaguars in Mexico and Central and South America. Their home at the Zoo … Continue reading Predators like the jaguar play a very important role in the ecosystem

Celebrate giraffe day on June 21

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_ckAbOr0r4 The El Paso Zoo is actively supporting giraffe conservation efforts in Africa.  Giraffe populations are dwindling and they are currently being considered for 'endangered' status. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has taken a major step towards protecting giraffes under the Endangered Species Act saying that their protection by the law may be warranted after conservation groups … Continue reading Celebrate giraffe day on June 21