El Paso Zoo begins construction of Special Events Venue inside African Savannah exhibit

The El Paso Zoo is now constructing a one-of-a-kind venue inside the existing African savannah exhibit.

The multi-functional pavilion will offer a dining and dancing area within an animal exhibit. The open air concept will immerse zoo guests in an African Lodge experience as they gaze out the window walls overlooking the zebras.

With 180-degree views into the Zoo’s expansive African savannah, guests can also enjoy watching with lions, giraffes, water fowl and other African species.

The event tent will be able to host plated dinners for 300 guests for a sit-down elegant night of dinners and dancing or 575 spectators for theater-style seating.  Additional features include a public art installation, an outdoor cocktail and reception area, and an outdoor deck overlooking the savannah wetlands.

City officials  say this project is a result of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond Issue. As the bond passed, the El Paso Zoo was approved for $50 million to complete the 10-year master plan that is the framework for moving the Zoo forward in an exciting direction.