The greater kudu is the largest African antelope

Large male greater kudu in the wild In the Upper Savannah exhibit living alongside our giraffes, two female greater kudu are an example of a well camouflage antelope.  This species has a large range across the southern half of Africa, but its numbers in the wild are very low in most areas due to declining … Continue reading The greater kudu is the largest African antelope

Bats Need Friends: Bats of the Chihuahuan Desert Presentation –9.22.2020

Bats are some of the most misunderstood animals in the world.  When I lived and worked at Carlsbad Caverns National Park, every night around sunset I could look out my window and watch hundreds of thousands of Mexican free-tailed bats exit the cavern.  Most insect eating bats sleep during the day and when the Carlsbad … Continue reading Bats Need Friends: Bats of the Chihuahuan Desert Presentation –9.22.2020

The El Paso Zoo is more than a zoo; it’s a botanical garden and a nature park

Inca dove If you come to the Zoo early in the morning and take your time walking around, you will eventually discover that the Zoo is more than a home to exotic animals, it is also a nature park.  Our Animal Curator, John Kiseda, has compiled a checklist of birds seen at the Zoo.   He … Continue reading The El Paso Zoo is more than a zoo; it’s a botanical garden and a nature park

Jean Ossorio to talk about wolves at Virtual Fiesta on Saturday

This year’s 16th Annual Chihuahuan Desert Virtual Fiesta will feature a presentation by Jean Ossorio of Lobos of the Southwest.   Few people living in southern New Mexico are as familiar with Mexican wolf recovery efforts over the past two decades.   The presentation will take place on Zoom at 10am on Saturday morning, September 19.  Ossorio’s … Continue reading Jean Ossorio to talk about wolves at Virtual Fiesta on Saturday

Virtual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta planned for September 19

It’s going to be a very different Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta this year. Due to the surge in COVID-19 infections, fiesta planners have decided to offer a virtual fiesta as a precaution for the health and safety of our community.  The main goal of the event that was held 15 years in a row at Franklin … Continue reading Virtual Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta planned for September 19

Now is a great time to get involved with local environmental groups

The Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta celebrates the Chihuahuan Desert every year at Tom Mays Park. This year on September 19 the fiesta is going virtual. Over the past six months many people have avoided meeting with others in person and no one really knows if the present way we are interacting with each other is going … Continue reading Now is a great time to get involved with local environmental groups