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…
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
Havard agave, Green Gulch in Big Bend National Park by Rick LoBello, Education Curator I first came to know what today I believe is the most beautiful and incredible flower of the Chihuahuan Desert, when I worked in Big Bend National Park as a park ranger. Just days after I arrived, right outside the front … Continue reading A most incredible flower
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
In 2012 the El Paso Zoo joined a small group of zoos in North America working to help save the critically endangered peninsular pronghorn (Antilocapra americana peninsularis), a subspecies of the only American antelope. About 100 remain in the wild and not long ago the El Paso Zoo was holding 25% of the zoo population. … Continue reading Only about 100 survive in the wild!
Our keepers love taking care of our rhinoceros iguana. In a way he acts like a friendly dog, thus the name Fido, a common name for a dog. When they approach to pick him up and move him outside for some important sunshine, he picks up his head, stands up high and raises his tail … Continue reading Meet Fido, our rhinoceros iguana
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
Wild tapir in Sumatra at Tesso Nilo National Park, one of the protected areas in Indonesiathe El Paso Zoo has helped to protect for over a decade. by Rick LoBello, Education Curator When visitors walking through the Asia area of the Zoo see our tapirs for the first time, they can sometimes be heard making … Continue reading Is it a pig or an anteater? No, it’s a tapir!
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
By Rick LoBello, Education Curator Here in El Paso we are very fortunate to have living within our city a very important wildlife ambassador, a critically endangered Malayan tiger. Most of us know very little about these amazing animals, yet alone give them much thought. But when you visit the El Paso Zoo all it … Continue reading Fewer than 3,900 tigers remain in the wild