National Certification Standards, the way forward for sustainable palm oil?

During the past decade the orangutan population has decreased by approximately 50 percent in the wild. This is primarily due to human activities including rainforest destruction for palm oil plantations. At present, 80 percent of orangutan habitat has been altered or lost. Photo by David Cook, Wikimedia Creative Commons. Guest Blogger – Robert Hii As…

January 20 is National Penguin Awareness Day

Graphic above courtesy Ocean Portal, Smithsonian Institution January 20th is the El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens first recognition of National Penguin Awareness Day. Everyone in El Paso will soon be making plans to come to the Zoo when later this year we open our new Magellanic Penguin Exhibit. The date has not be determined…

Zoo keepers planning to take over the Zoo’s Facebook and Instagram

Zoo keeper holding a critically endangered radiated tortoise Our marketing team calls it a social media takeover, but whatever you want to call it you can count on a very different look at the Zoo, through the eyes and voices of Zoo Keepers and others working behind the scenes. Malayan sun bear Here is what…

Will President Biden designate Castner Range National Monument?

Show your support for a Castner Range National Monument – take action now After nearly two decades of continual effort to protect the Castner Range over the past 8 years conservation advocates in El Paso have focused their energies on helping to designate the Castner Range in Northeast El Paso as a National Monument. As part of…

Zoo Spotlight: Fennec Fox

Fennec fox in the wild by Christophe André, Wikimedia Creative Commons Fennec Fox Vulpes zerda Status: Least Concern Size: 8″ tall, 2-3 pounds Habitat: Desert, Marine Coastal/Supratidal At the Zoo: Behind the scenes in the Education Building (see more info below) One of the least known animals at the El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens, the…

Get to know your seafood

In our last blog we talked about palm oil and making a wild New Year’s resolution by becoming an informed consumer. At the El Paso Zoo our orangutans are our ambassadors for awareness about the palm oil crisis. On the other side of the Zoo our California sea lions are ambassadors for the Sea Food…