A big problem: carbon dioxide can only be seen with special cameras

High and increasing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere may be the single greatest threat to the future of life on earth. Unfortunately many people are not involved in helping to lower the impact of climate change for a very simple reason. They can not see (CO2) in the atmosphere because it is an…

Coyotes are El Paso’s most common apex predator

The coyote is the largest and most common apex predator in El Paso. Well known across North America from Canada to Central America, if you haven’t seen one yet don’t be surprised when you do. Their numbers in our city appear to be increasing as they move into neighborhoods looking for what we all want…

Zoo Spotlight: northern tree shrew

Northern Tree Shrew Tupaia belangeri Least Concern Size: head and body are 5.5 to 9 inches with a tail is about the same length as their body. Habitat: rainforests in the following countries: Bangladesh; Bhutan; Cambodia; China; India; Lao People’s Democratic Republic; Malaysia; Myanmar; Thailand; Viet Nam At the Zoo: Asia Forest Nocturnal Exhibit Northern…

We live in the northern Chihuahuan Desert

The Chihuahuan Desert Ecoregion covers nearly 250,000 square miles with over 90% of its area within the nation of Mexico. It is the largest desert in North America. Most people who live in this part of the world know that they live in a desert, but very few understand how the region’s incredible biodiversity helps…

El Paso schools need Chihuahuan Desert curriculum

Note: Few teachers in El Paso have the opportunity that Doris Evans, our new guest blogger, had when she taught school years ago in Big Bend National Park. In addressing the need to help more students value and understand the Chihuahuan Desert, the Zoo currently offers a Zoo Adventure Program entitled Animals of the Chihuahuan…

Texans for mountain lions

For millennia mountain lions have lived like phantoms inhabiting forbidding terrain across North and South America. To the surprise of most people these amazing apex predators receive no protection in Texas outside of protected areas like National and State Parks. They can be hunted and killed on private lands any day of the year. Texans…

Zoo Spotlight: tawny frogmouth

Tawny Frogmouth Podargus strigoides Least Concern Size: 13-21″ long Habitat: forests and woodlands, scrub and savannas At the Zoo: Asia Forest Nocturnal Exhibit Most people when they see our Tawny Frogmouth think at first that they are seeing some kind of owl. Although they are related to owls they are more closely related to nighthawks…

The power of an image

One of the most important things we do as humans is look at pictures. Here at the Zoo people are taking pictures all the time to help preserve memories and share their experiences with family and friends. Oftentimes I talk to people about how so many of my life long dreams have come true and…

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…

New species of wild squirrel moves into the Zoo

Over the past century El Paso Zoo visitors have enjoyed seeing not only all kinds of animals from around the world, but both native and exotic species that thrive on Zoo grounds where ever they can find the habitat they need to survive. Birds like pigeons and Great-tailed Crackles are two of the most obvious…

Meet Olivia the opossum

Olivia, the Virginia opossum, is one of 70 different wildlife species living behind the scenes at the Zoo as part of our Education Animal collection.  Education animals are featured in up close and personal animal encounters where staff and volunteers tell their stories during informal programs in the Wildlife Amphitheater (weekends at 1:30pm) and as…

Mixed species exhibits at the Zoo

The two-toed sloth of the rainforests of Central and South America lives in one of the most biodiverse habitats on earth.  Here at the Zoo watch for our sloth in the South American Pavilion.  A number of animals in other parts of the Zoo live in these same forests including jaguars that we have in…

Governments addressing climate change

by Robert D. Vines PE, C.P.M. Note – Robert is on the Board of Directors of the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition, one of the Zoo’s most important education partners. The most important, but most difficult action required to save our planet, is that every country must embrace the science leading to climate change and commit to…

Test your Chihuahuan Desert IQ

The Chihuahuan is the largest desert in North America Click here to test your desert IQ The Chihuahuan Desert stretches all the way from the southwestern United States deep into the Central Mexican Highlands. Because of the region’s high altitude – 3,000 to 5,000 feet – winters and nights are cool while summer days can…

Can a circular economy help save our planet?

Who are the movers and shakers in our community helping to build a circular economy? Our California sea lion, LB, is the Zoo’s most notable ambassador for the conservation of our oceans. Everyday around the world our oceans are impacted by plastic pollution, overfishing and climate change. LB helps the Zoo remind our guests that…

Join the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Club

This coming Saturday on September 24 the Zoo will be hosting day one of the Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta. Everyone who attends will receive a free Chihuahuan Desert Nature Club sticker at the Front Gate Ticket booth or at the El Paso Zoological Society Office. The Nature Club is a collaborative effort between the El Paso…

Desert Fiesta helps people connect with our big backyard

Over the past 18 years the Chihuahuan Desert Fiesta in El Paso has been focused on helping people connect with one of the largest and least known deserts in North America, the Chihuahuan Desert located right here in El Paso’s backyard. This year’s event at the Zoo and in the Franklin Mountains promises to be…

Meet Tyrion, one of our Education Animals

Tyrion is a male 5-year old degu.   He is one of 70 different wildlife species living behind the scenes at the Zoo as part of our Education Animal collection.  Education animals are featured in up close and personal animal encounters where staff and volunteers tell their stories during informal programs in the Wildlife Amphitheater (weekends…

Meet Tucker, one of our Education Animals

Tucker is a 17-year old female blue-tongued skink.     Blue tongued skinks live in Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea and are very big weighing up to 18 ounces and up to 22 inches in length.   For comparison the largest skink in North America is the Great Plains skink weighing less than 2 ounces.  Tucker is one of…

If you don’t know it, you don’t love it.

Why are some people passionate about saving wildlife and protecting the natural world and the complex ecosystem that holds everything together, while others are not? Matt Kowalski of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation hit the nail on the head when he was quoted in the September, 2022 issue of National Geographic. He says “If you don’t…