The El Paso Zoo is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Reptile House at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 2, at the zoo.
The existing Reptile House has been transformed into the world’s largest Texas tortoise shaped building. The new Reptile House includes four new exhibits, a presentation area and an outdoor pond highlighting the Zoo’s turtle collection.
In addition, anti-glare walls were added to aid the viewing of existing exhibits for guests.
The Reptile House is among improvements approved by voters as part of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond program. The Zoo was approved for $50 million to complete its master plan, which is the framework for moving the Zoo forward in an exciting direction.
Private donations to the El Paso Zoological Society (EPZS) supplemented the bond project to fund the turtle pond and presentation area, which were outside of the scope of the project budget.
The presentation area was sponsored by One Source Federal Credit Union and the turtle pond was funded by an anonymous donor to the EPZS.
In celebration of the opening of the Reptile House, the Zoo is hosting Reptilia, a celebration of snakes, lizards and more. Reptilia is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday June 4 and 5 at the Zoo.
The event includes unique reptile spotlight presentations, reptile encounters, edible bug eating, access to UTEP’s Emerald Abyss exhibit and special themed activities.