The El Paso Zoo is celebrating the grand opening of the Chihuahuan Desert exhibit and Copper Canyon Challenge Ropes Course with a ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday morning.
The new state-of-the-art exhibit that spans across 2.3 acres recreates the native Chihuahuan Desert habitat for the animal species that once roamed in the desert southwest.
The botany and large rockwork structures in the exhibit are unique to large cats and the smaller species that will inhabit them. The exhibit will serve as the home for Mexican grey wolves, mountain lions, jaguars, pronghorn, prairie dogs, thick-billed parrots, coati, and many other smaller species.
Improvements include botanical landscaping, a large rockwork structure that’s unique to large cats, and engaging elements such as over-head animal pathways, a simulated flash flood, and a breathtaking public art installment.
In addition, the interactive exhibit features the Copper Canyon Challenge Ropes Course that allows guests to climb three stories into the air and get a hawk’s eye view of the new Chihuahuan Desert and the entire Zoo.
The $16 million project is part of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond approved by voters and is part of the City of El Paso commitment to enhancing El Paso’s quality of life through the creation of recreational, cultural, and educational environments.