Protecting and restoring landscapes for agaves aids in bat conservation

and Contributes to the Health of Wider Ecosystems and Economies “We Belong Together” Campaign Launches, Highlighting the Integral Connection between Endangered Bats, Local Communities, and the Restoration of Agave Habitat across North America. Over the past few years the Zoo and Bat Conservation International have been collaborating on a new effort to help endangered Mexican…

Restoring Agaves for Pollinating Bats and People

Dr. Kristen Lear of Bat Conservation International seen in the above picture at Big Bend National Park will be a featured luncheon speaker at the Chihuahuan Desert Conference hosted by the El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens on November 15-17, 2023. The deadline to submit presentation and posters proposals is on May 16. For more…

Hope for endangered giraffes born in El Paso

Baby giraffe born at the El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens on April 16, 2023 In the last 30 years, the giraffe population in Africa has declined by more than 40% to approximately 100,000 animals. The City of El Paso Zoo & Botanical Gardens is thrilled to announce the birth of a healthy male giraffe…

Galapagos tortoise movement ecology program update

Together with GCT, we were very pleased to release the Tessa book, and conducted a number of local activities with students. Tessa has been a great success already and we are planning to continue our outreach and education sessions in different islands! The El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens supports this important conservation effort to…

Zoo welcomes back expert on African painted dogs

The public is invited to attend Dr. Rasmussen’s presentation at the El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens on Thursday, February 2 at 7pm. RSVP with your name and the number of people attending by Thursday, February 2 at Noon by sending an email to lobellorl@elpasotexas.gov or a text message to 915-217-4233. Dr. Gregory Rasmussen, 2023…

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…

Ibu is our amazing “Artist in Residence” and a super mom

Ibu and her newborn Zaini at 4 months old. Ibu, our female Sumatran orangutan, arrived at the El Paso Zoo on June 16, 1997 when she was just six years old. She was born at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. The handful of zoo employees who have known her over the past 25 years,…

Ukraine war is keeping Misha from leaving Minnesota for Russia

Misha is a critically endangered Przewalski’s wild horse born at the El Paso Zoo in 2018. For the past three years she has been waiting for a trip to Russia to be released into the wild, but the project has been canceled because of the war between Russia and Ukraine. Over the past twelve years…

African wild dogs impacted by climate change

Earlier this year the journal Scientific American reported that African wild dogs are losing pups to a climate adaption ‘trap’ as the breeding season has shifted by 22 days, resulting in fewer pups surviving their first year. After analyzing 30 years of demographic data and field observations in Botswana  the 22-day shift in their birthing season…

Zoo Conservation Update

Bolson tortoise at the El Paso Zoo On November 16 the Zoo’s Conservation Committee approved new projects to be funded in the coming days from the Round Up Conservation Fund. This fund is supported by Zoo guests who round up their purchases at the Zoo to help fund conservation efforts locally, regionally and around the…

This week is National Wolf Awareness Week

National Wolf Awareness Week is a time to celebrate the wolf and its unique place in the animal kingdom, and learn more about their threatened place in the natural world today. Inspired by a large new wolf sculpture located at the entrance of the Zoo’s new $16-million Chihuahuan Desert Exhibit, the El Paso Zoo has…

The Zoo’s most significant conservation achievement

Over the past 100 plus years that the El Paso Zoo has been in existence there have been a number of noteworthy conservation achievements.  They included the successful breeding of critically endangered species like the Przewalski’s wild horse, Amur leopard and Sumatran orangutan. Each successful effort involved dedicated zoo staff and healthy animals none of…

Eight species at the Zoo are critically endangered

Many of the animals at the El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens are endangered.  As a result, one of our most important goals is to support efforts to save endangered species through captive breeding and conservation efforts in the wild.   Examples of endangered species include golden lion tamarins, Przewalski’s horses, Asian elephants and black-footed ferrets….

Second baby orangutan born at the Zoo!

Stay connected to the El Paso Zoo! Subscribe to our free blog here. The El Paso Zoo & Botanical Gardens is thrilled to welcome the birth of another Sumatran orangutan. On June 9, 2022 the Zoo welcomed a new baby male orangutan. With the help of his mother Ibu his keepers named him Zaini, meaning…

Mexican wolf rule eliminates cap on population, restricts killing

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced that it will eliminate its current population cap of 325 Mexican gray wolves that are allowed to live in the wild in the Southwest. The announcement follows a 2018 legal victory by conservation organizations. In the same decision, the agency rejected science-based reforms that would increase genetic…

Painted Dog Conservation Update

The Zoo recently hosted a Zoom presentation with Dr. Greg Rasmussen of the Painted Dog Research Trust in Zimbabwe. I first met Dr. Rasmussen at a Zoos and Aquariums Committing to Conservation Conference in Jacksonville, Florida.  I can think of few people anywhere in the world more dedicated to saving endangered painted dogs.   In…