Our Zoo is helping to rescue a Magnificent Frigatebird

The El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens is currently rehabilitating a seabird called the Magnificent Frigatebird that was displaced by the Valentine’s Day 2021 winter storm that affected most of the state. A Good Samaritan found the seabird in El Paso and brought it to Zoo veterinary staff on Monday, February 15. Chief Veterinarian Dr….

El Paso Zoo is helping to save an endangered bat

By Dr. Kristen Lear, Endangered Species Interventions Specialist at Bat Conservation International 2020 was an extreme drought year for West Texas, and the state is expected to get even hotter and drier in coming years. Increased drought duration and intensity spell trouble for many El Paso and West Texas native plants and animals, including pollinators…

Only In the Chihuahuan Desert: Candelilla

There are a number of animals and plants that are found only in the Chihuahuan Desert. We call these species endemic species, those that are found in a particular geographical region and nowhere else in the world.  Candelilla or wax euphorbia is one of them, but here in El Paso it is found mainly in…

Zoo Snapshot: African Lion

African Lion Status: Vulnerable (IUCN) Endangered (US) Size: Male: 5.6 – 8.2 ft. (Head and body) and 420 pounds, Female: 4.6 – 6 ft. (Head and body) and 280 pounds. 5.6 – 8.2 ft. Habitat: Forest, Savanna, Shrubland, Grassland, Desert At the Zoo: Our lion exhibit is the first large animal exhibit you will see as you…

What are we doing about climate change?

If you are not actively involved in combatting climate change, you are either not aware of how serious the threat is to our quality of life or don’t know what to do about it. To be quite honest over the years here in El Paso I have met only a few people who really seem…

Zoo Spotlight: Metallic Starling

Metallic Starling Aplonis metallica Status: Least Concern, numbers decreasing. Size: Head to toe they average 9 inches in length and weigh between 1.7-2.4 ounces. Habitat: Forest, savanna, and urban areas. At the Zoo: In the Asia Forest Aviary. These small black birds are native to Papua New Guinea, Australia and its surrounding islands. They have…

How the Zoo is helping to save giraffes in Africa

Last year we reported on how the zoo is helping to save giraffes in Africa by supporting organizations like the Giraffe Conservation Foundation. Thanks to the Zoo’s Round-Up Program we are making a difference in helping giraffes.   Today we are able to offer more details with an update from the Foundation earlier this month. In…

Check out our new smart phone walking tour

The El Paso Zoo has launched a new smart phone walking tour that will help guests learn more about our animals as they read the tour on their phones. The tour will be updated on a regular basis as our exhibits change and the Zoo works to save endangered species while encouraging people to work towards a…

Kitchen Talk: bugs in our food?

Few people like bugs in their food, but guess what?   Chances are good that during your lifetime you may have been eating bugs that live here in our desert. Some of them may be living in your backyard.  Have you noticed the white fussy growth on some of the pads of prickly pear cactus?   The…

Zoo Snapshot: Thick-billed Parrot

Thick-billed Parrot Rhynchopsitta pachyrhyncha Status: Endangered, numbers in the wild are decreasing. Size: 15″ long from tip of tail to head. Habitat: Temperate conifer and pine-oak forests in Mexico’s Sierra Madre Occidental mountain range in Chihuahua and Durango. At the El Paso Zoo: Across from the flash flood demonstration area in the Chihuahuan Desert Exhibit….

Can wolves be returned to the wilderness of Texas?

by Rick LoBello, Education Curator Less than 200 yards from my office I am often reminded of one of the most important missing links in the Chihuahuan Desert ecoregion. An apex predator often thought of as a symbol of wilderness, the Mexican wolf or lobo (Canis lupus baileyi), has been systematically eradicated from the landscape….

El Paso Zoo to host nationwide interactive online class

EL PASO, Texas — The El Paso Zoo has teamed up with Varsity Tutors, an online education platform, to offer a free two-part program series called Wild About Health – an interactive way to learn more about the zoo’s animals with over 2,000 participants already signed up. On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, those interested are…