Zoo lends a hand in helping black bears in Big Bend

Earlier this year the El Paso Zoo (zoo) piloted a Zoo-Park partnership with Big Bend National Park to coordinate efforts to conserve black bear habitat along the Rio Grande.  Zoo staff members traveled to the park in March as part of a team of 17 park rangers and volunteers tasked with reducing invasive Athel Tamarisk. …

Connect with our desert

by Vanessa Soto, Education Specialist There is nothing I am more passionate about than talking to people about our Chihuahuan Desert! I often hear people talk about how the desert is so boring because there is nothing to look at and that is simply not true. The Chihuahuan Desert is actually considered one of the…

Zoo Education Resource Guide

The El Paso Zoo Education team has just completed the Zoo’s first complete Education Resource Guide available now as a download on our Education Resources Page. The guide includes information for anyone planning a field trip and a complete listing of Zoo Adventure Curriculum experiences and behind the scenes tours available at the Zoo or…

Chihuahuan Desert Nature Club

by Ashley Gurnea, Education Specialist When asked where the Chihuahuan Desert is located, a common answer is Chihuahua, Mexico. That is part of it, but in fact, the Chihuahuan Desert encompasses six states of Mexico and portions of three states of the US including the city of El Paso.   The Chihuahuan Desert is one…

Zoo partners with libraries

This month Zoo Education Specialists are helping to encourage children to read about animals. Studies show that keeping kids engaged in learning over the summer is the very best way of fighting Summer Learning Loss, the tendency to forget what you’ve learned over the summer. Taking part in programs like the library Summer Reading Club…

Zoo to host Chihuahuan Desert Conference

The Chihuahuan Desert Conference at the El Paso Zoo November 6-7 will bring together scientists, students, academics, land managers, and the public to build relationships and protect the Chihuahuan Desert and treasured public lands for future generations.  Conference presentations will be grouped around various topics relating to ongoing research projects, conservation initiatives and educational programs….