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El Paso Zoo Announces Arrival of Deja, the Baby Siamang

The El Paso Zoo is excited to announce the arrival of a 5-month-old baby female siamang from the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.

The infant named Deja will be foster-reared by El Paso zoo staff and introduced to the two female siamangs who are currently at the zoo, mother Suni and daughter Adina. Deja was born on August 5 and had been hand-raised by Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium animal care staff because her mother rejected her at birth.

Zoo experts decided that the best long-term outcome for Deja would be to integrate her into another siamang family.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums advisory group for this species recommended the El Paso Zoo to foster Deja because El Paso siamang Suni has successfully raised two of her own daughters at the zoo.

The plan is for El Paso zookeepers to take care of Deja as Suni and Adinda observe and get to know her. Zoo guests will be able to see Deja being cared for by zookeepers at limited scheduled times in a day room located in the Asia Forest Complex.

Once Suni and Adinda accept Deja and Deja accepts them, she will join the siamang family full time with supportive bottle feedings from zookeepers.

Siamangs are in the gibbon family, which is in the larger group of apes that include gorillas and chimpanzees. They live in small families composed of a mated pair and usually two generations of their offspring. Siamangs are declining in numbers as their habitat is destroyed for logging and expanding palm oil plantations and as poachers kill the mothers in order to capture the young for the lucrative pet trade.

The El Paso Zoo supports various conservation programs to help siamangs and other endangered species in Asia including the Species Survival Program and the Indonesia Species Conservation Program. To learn more about the El Paso Zoo visit their website.

El Paso Zoo to Install Giraffe Shade Structures

On Monday, the El Paso Zoo announced crews would begin replacing and increasing the number of shade structures to the giraffe exhibit starting August 1.

”We are excited to be able to begin this project to provide more shade for the Giraffes. The new shade structures will be wider and taller than the existing ones and thus will provide a larger area of shade for the Giraffes,” said El Paso Zoo Africa Collections Supervisor Amanda Leverett.

The zoo will be installing four new structures that will be 24 feet in height and retrofitted with 20 foot canopies. The two existing shade structures are approximately 18 to 20 feet in height and have a 12 foot diameter umbrella.

Construction will require zoo staff to take the giraffes off of exhibit. The giraffes will return on exhibit August 12 through August 26 then taken off exhibit until installation is done in September.

“The construction of these large structures requires contractors to have full access to the exhibit, so for everyone’s safety we will be unable to let any of our hoof stock roam the Upper Savannah during construction,” said Leverett.

In addition to providing shade, the structures will have a crank and pulley system that keepers can hang enrichment at the height of giraffes. The structures will also cast more shade for the smaller animals, including the Kudu and Addax.

This project demonstrates the commitment that the El Paso Zoo has to meet and exceed the standards of care set by the United States Department of Agriculture and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

The project is expected to be finished in early September.  For more information residents can visit the zoo’s Facebook page.

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