Kitchen Talk – Join the Zoo for Meatless Mondays

It’s time for some kitchen talk about climate change and its impact on our environment and what all of us can do to help.  Right before the Zoo closed in March we installed an interactive exhibit about Meatless Mondays in the Grasslands Café.    When we re-open check it out.   Something funny happens when you lift … Continue reading Kitchen Talk – Join the Zoo for Meatless Mondays

The ocotillo, easy to see and well adapted to the desert

Ocotillo along the Lost Dog Trail with lechuguilla stalk blooming in the foreground. Ocotillo is a common plant here in the Chihuahuan Desert. This blog post is courtesy of Big Bend National Park. The El Paso Zoo has been working with the staff of Big Bend for many years in advancing conservation on the border. … Continue reading The ocotillo, easy to see and well adapted to the desert

Conservation Highlight – Amur leopard conservation efforts in Russia

Thanks to Zoo visitors rounding up their purchases at the Zoo in 2019, we were able to support efforts to help save critically endangered leopards in Russia. The Amur leopard is found only in Far East Russia and northeastern China. They inhabit coniferous and deciduous forests and prefer areas with vast vegetation, steep hills, rocky … Continue reading Conservation Highlight – Amur leopard conservation efforts in Russia

The Zoo is a great place to learn about the land where we live

Javelina running through the desert. One of El Paso’s best kept secrets has been in the works and evolving completely on its own for thousands of years. Today, biologists call this unique eco-region the Chihuahuan Desert, an area of North America covering the surface of our planet for nearly 400,000 square miles. During the Pleistocene, … Continue reading The Zoo is a great place to learn about the land where we live

Conservation Highlight: Painted Dog Research Trust

Distant relatives of the wolf and the domestic dog, African painted dogs live in highly cooperative groups called packs.  Painted dogs rely on the collective hunting skills of their pack to survive and they are some of the most efficient mammal predators on the African continent.  The success rate of painted dogs hunting as a … Continue reading Conservation Highlight: Painted Dog Research Trust

Our Nicobar Pigeon is related to the extinct Dodo

In the Asia Forest Exhibit at the Zoo living alongside endangered Bali Mynahs, Metallic Starlings and Rhinoceros Hornbills, we have a special Southeast Asian bird called the Nicobar Pigeon.  Nick, our 21-year old male has a special claim to fame; his kind is the closest living relative to the Dodo, a well-known flightless bird from … Continue reading Our Nicobar Pigeon is related to the extinct Dodo