Sun bears have lived at the El Paso Zoo for nearly 50 years. They are the smallest of all bears and may have been named for the yellowish patch of fur on their throat or because they sunbathe during the day. The naked soles of their feet assist in tree climbing and their long toe … Continue reading The sun bear is the smallest bear in the world
. WRITERJohn Vidal@john_vidalFrom Ensia - reprinted with permission. As habitat and biodiversity loss increase globally, the novel coronavirus outbreak may be just the beginning of mass pandemics Mayibout 2 is not a healthy place. The 150 or so people who live in the village, which sits on the south bank of the Ivindo River, deep … Continue reading Destruction of habitat and loss of biodiversity are creating the perfect conditions for diseases like COVID-19 to emerge
Mexican wolf at the El Paso Zoo. Since the Mexican Wolf Recovery Program was first approved in 1982, the El Paso Zoo has played a very important role in helping to support reintroduction efforts in Arizona, New Mexico and northern Mexico that were first launched during the winter of 1998. On March 31, 2018, the … Continue reading Speak out for the Mexican wolf during USFW Scoping Process
Mexican black bear cubs along the Rio Grande, NPS Photo. Zoo partners with Big Bend National Park on wildlife conservation By Rick LoBello, Education Curator Last year in March the El Paso Zoo piloted a Zoo-Park partnership with Big Bend National Park to help the park conserve endangered Mexican black bears. Funding was made possible … Continue reading How the zoo is helping Mexican black bears in Texas
Giant agave bug on a new agave lechuguilla stalk. by Rick LoBello, Education Curator The other day while walking around in the Franklin Mountains I found a desert bug that I have been observing in our desert for decades, from Big Bend National Park to El Paso. The giant agave bug is commonly seen on … Continue reading Giant agave bugs among us
Kangaroo rat burrow under a strawberry cactus. Kangaroo rats can survive without fresh water By Rick LoBello, Education Curator One of the least known desert wildlife families living in the Chihuahuan Desert and right here in El Paso are the nocturnal rodents. The group includes kangaroo rats, cactus mice, pack rats and cotton rats. The … Continue reading Imagine getting all the water you need from seeds!
Couch's spadefoot toads are common in many lowland areas of El Paso. As you read this there are literally thousands of spadefoot toads a foot or so beneath the soil surface waiting in a state of estivation for the next summer rains. El Paso’s most amazing residents By Rick LoBello, Education Curator Ever wonder why … Continue reading Sleep 24 hours a day and wake up only when you are hungry
Texas alligator lizard The elusive alligator lizard by Rick LoBello, Education Curator Not everyone living in the Chihuahuan Desert is familiar with one of the most interesting and least known lizards in our eco-region, the Texas alligator lizard (Gerrhonotus infernalis). More people in Texas have seen alligator juniper trees than they have alligator lizards. That’s because … Continue reading These Texas alligators climb trees
Art is powerful because it empowers the hearts of people Inspired by a large new wolf sculpture located at the entrance of the Zoo’s new $15-million Chihuahuan Desert Exhibit, the El Paso Zoo has launched a new Art as a Conservation Tool program inviting students in the El Paso, Texas – Juarez, Mexico region to … Continue reading 20,000+ letters from people in El Paso could not help the wolf in Texas, could one piece of art?
by Rick LoBello If you have been paying attention and have taken a few walks into the desert, I think you will agree that 2020 is turning out to be a great year for cactus flowers. The Chihuahuan Desert is considered to be the epicenter of cacti diversity with 318 species of 1500 species worldwide. … Continue reading Chihuahuan Desert Plants – Eagle’s Claw Cactus