Zoo staff are helping to save black-footed ferrets on the brink of extinction

Black-footed ferret. NPS Photo Once thought extinct the recovery of the black-footed ferret has long been touted as one of the most amazing success stories in the history of the United States. Ten years ago there may have been up to 1000 black-footed ferrets living in the wild. Today the story is much different and … Continue reading Zoo staff are helping to save black-footed ferrets on the brink of extinction

Our radiated tortoises are big time ambassadors for conservation

By Rick LoBello, Education Curator When the Zoo received a pair of radiated tortoises to be a part of our Africa exhibit in 2010, little did we know at the time how important they would become as ambassadors for conservation.   Two years ago, government officials in Madagascar announced to the world that they had confiscated … Continue reading Our radiated tortoises are big time ambassadors for conservation

Destruction of habitat and loss of biodiversity are creating the perfect conditions for diseases like COVID-19 to emerge

. 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

Speak out for the Mexican wolf during USFW Scoping Process

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

How the zoo is helping Mexican black bears in Texas

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

Imagine getting all the water you need from seeds!

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!

Sleep 24 hours a day and wake up only when you are hungry

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

These Texas alligators climb trees

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