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El Paso Zoo Raising Orangutan Awareness with M.O.M. Event on Mother’s Day

The El Paso Zoo is inviting the public to participate in the international Missing Orangutan Mothers (M.O.M) campaign that brings attention to the plight of orangutans in the world.

“Orangutans are losing their habitat and way of life and we need to be their voice to bring about their preservation thru awareness and action. Orangutan mothers have one baby every 7 to 8 years; they raise their young and teach them everything about survival in the wild,” said El Paso Zoo Collections Supervisor Griselda Martinez. “This event means a lot to us and we contribute by holding this event yearly on Mother’s Day and donating monies to credible orangutan sanctuaries.”

The event will offer animal enrichment programs, Biofacts in the Asia Discovery Center, and educational engagement throughout the zoo. It will include a variety of activities and educational presentations.

The event hopes to raise awareness of the crisis facing these apes by encouraging people to help protect them.

Join El Paso Zoo staff and volunteers as they celebrate and honor the zoo’s own orangutans, and take action to help those in the wild. Every day orangutan mothers go missing due to poaching, black market pet trade and palm oil farms that encroach on their living space.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 13 at the zoo.

El Paso Zoo Earns Prestigious AZA Accreditation

The Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) announced that the El Paso Zoo (EPZ) has been granted accreditation by AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission.

“AZA accreditation signifies that the El Paso Zoo is committed to meeting the very highest standards in the zoological profession,” said AZA President and CEO Dan Ashe. “It means that the El Paso Zoo is a proven leader in animal care and welfare and in providing educational and meaningful experiences for visitors.”

To be accredited, EPZ underwent a thorough review to make certain it has and will continue to meet ever-rising standards in categories which include animal care and welfare, veterinary programs, conservation, education, and safety. AZA requires zoos and aquariums to successfully complete this rigorous accreditation process every five years in order to be members of the Association.

The accreditation process includes a detailed application and a meticulous on-site inspection by a team of trained zoo and aquarium professionals. The inspecting team observes all aspects of the institution’s operation, including animal care and welfare; keeper training; safety for visitors, staff and animals; educational programs; conservation efforts; veterinary programs; financial stability; risk management; visitor services; and more.

Finally, top officials are interviewed at a formal hearing of AZA’s independent Accreditation Commission, after which accreditation is granted, tabled, or denied.  Any institution that is denied may reapply one year after the Commission’s decision is made.

The El Paso Zoo has made consistent strides to maintain the highest level of standards to ensure it is granted accreditation.  Out of the 2,800 animal exhibitors licensed by the USDA across the country, less than 10% are AZA-accredited. The EPZ is a member of the distinguished Quarter Century Award which recognizes zoos and aquariums that have been AZA-accredited continuously for 25 years or more.

“The zoo’s senior team and I are so proud of our dedicated staff, partners, and volunteers that contribute daily to our professional care of these animals and our powerfully important messages of individual responsibility for wild animals and wild places,” said El Paso Zoo Director Steve Marshall.

The EPZ has been an accredited AZA member since 1980.

El Paso Zoo hosts Final “After Howlers” of the Summer

The El Paso Zoo invites the public to the final extended-hours event of the summer, After Howlers, from 3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, August 19.

For this After Howlers event, the Zoo will feature a Zoo-per Heroes theme and encourages all guests to dress as their favorite superhero or movie character. The event includes animal enrichment, Zoo programs like Meet the Keeper, two large inflatables and food trucks.

Odd Lab will also perform a fire show and a flow jam workshop for kids. There will also be a costume contest for both adults and children with incredible prizes including festival tickets, movie tickets, Pop! Vinyl figures, and comic books.

The Zoo will open as normal at 9:30 a.m. but the event starts at 3 p.m. with last admission at 7 p.m. The Zoo grounds close at 8:30 p.m.

El Paso Zoo to Celebrate Reptiles at Reptilia Event this Weekend

The El Paso Zoo will celebrate all things scaly, slimy, and slithery with the annual Reptilia event. It’s a great opportunity to celebrate wildlife and enjoy time with friends and family.

Guests will be able to get up close and personal with some of the Zoo’s snakes and lizards. Even the Zoo’s non-reptile animals will be celebrating with reptile-themed piñatas and other animal enrichments.

These enrichments provide the animals opportunities to exhibit their natural behaviors like climbing, digging, and even playing. They are fun to watch and are a reminder of one of the Zoo’s goals—to act and communicate with the purpose of inspiring people to value wild animals, taking responsibility for their safeguarding and action for their stability.

The Zoo will also celebrate reptiles of the past by screening all four Jurassic Park films and providing guests with an opportunity to look at some fossils. There will be a large inflatable obstacle course and live music from 7thAve Band.

WHO:          The El Paso Zoo |  4001 E. Paisano Drive

WHAT:         The El Paso Zoo will have reptile encounters, photo opportunities, candy giveaways, and animal enrichments for Reptilia. They will also be showing all four Jurassic Park films throughout the weekend.

WHEN:         10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 3, and Sunday, June 4

Zoo After Howlers Offers Extended Evening Hours set for Saturday

Ever wonder what the animals at the El Paso Zoo are doing after hours? The El Paso Zoo is hosting late evening hours with its Zoo After Howlers, this Saturday, August 20.

This is the last Zoo After Howlers extended-hour evening this summer. The Zoo will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. with last entrance at 7 p.m. Regular admission applies.

Live music and entertainment includes performances by 7th Ave. from 3 to 5 p.m. and Rockabilly Strangers from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in addition to an interactive stilt walker and evening fire show. Guests will also be able to enjoy regular Zoo activities, including special themed animal programs.

The August theme is “Scoop on Poop,” and includes elephant poo paper making demonstrations and poo bio facts where guest can “Match the Feces to the Species.” Additionally, the Zoo will host an “Artworks for Change” exhibit with art by the Zoo’s animals, where guests can be inspired to paint and create their own art.

Favorite Zoo activities, including animal encounters and a special evening giraffe feeding, will occur during the Zoo’s extended evening hours for guests to enjoy.

All attractions will be open for guests. The Hunt Family Desert Spring and Foster Tree House Playground will be available into the evening for the kiddoes to enjoy. Evening hours not only offer fun, but also offer families an outing during cooler summer hours. The Zoo’s ticket booth and membership office will close at 7 p.m.

Staff will begin to take animals off exhibit at 7:45 p.m. Zoo grounds will close at 8:30 p.m.

Guests will receive a detailed schedule of events at the gate or can access it HERE.

El Paso Zoo breaks ground on new Wildlife Amphitheater

A flighted bird show will soon be coming to the El Paso Zoo, thanks to a new amphitheater.  Wednesday morning, the El Paso Zoo began construction on a wildlife amphitheater, which will host this new attraction with new animals.

Mayor Oscar Leeser was joined by community members and Zoo officials to officially break ground on the new project.

At the wildlife theater, Zoo guests will be able to discover the majesty of animals up close. The open theater has approximately 4,900 square feet of seating area for 300 visitors. This new venue will be able to provide shows, lectures, concerts and more, in addition to the flighted bird shows and animal encounters.

Additionally, this project includes animal living spaces for reptiles, mammals, birds and invertebrates, including new animals, both for the shows and the education programs.

The wildlife amphitheater is among improvements to parks, libraries, museums, downtown, and the El Paso Zoo approved by voters as part of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond program. The El Paso Zoo was approved for $50 million to complete a 10-year master plan that is the framework for moving the Zoo forward in an exciting direction.

Video of the groundbreaking ceremony is above, as provided by the City of El Paso.

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