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El Paso Zoo to Celebrate “Party for the Planet,” “Eggstravaganzoo” April 20-21

The El Paso Zoo will be celebrating two of the most popular events of the spring, Eggstravaganzoo and Party for the Planet, that will be held simultaneously at the zoo.

“The zoo is combining both events because this year Easter Sunday and Earth day are close in proximity,” zoo officials shared via an emailed news release. “Both family-friendly events provide a safe environment to have some fun while celebrating spring with the zoo animals. There will be spring-themed activities throughout the weekend.”

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on April 20 and 21, children ages 3 to 12 will be able to participate in seven special candy station activities such as hula-hoops, hopscotch, and more as they collect stamps to redeem for a special surprise.

The Easter Bunny will be available for photos for $10 inside the zoo’s event pavilion.

In addition to candy stations, animal enrichment sponsored by T-Mobile will be available all day. Guests can enjoy viewing some of the zoo animals receive an Easter or Earth Day-themed enrichment. El Paso community partners will be in attendance to inform guests about sustainability.

The zoo is also celebrating the birthday of female orangutan Khaleesi, who was born on Earth Day in 2015.

Guests can enjoy live entertainment at the Asia Plaza stage such as live bands, a magic show, loteria, and more.  Most activities, entertainment, and candy stations are provided at no cost with paid admission.

The only exceptions are Easter Bunny photos, face painting, giraffe feeding, and train and carousel rides.

For more information on both events, visit the El Paso Zoo online.

El Paso Zoo’s Infant Orangutan Khaleesi Begins Climbing Independently

What does a one-year-old Sumatran orangutan like to do? Climb, explore, and climb some more!

Khaleesi is becoming more independent, and her mom, Ibu, is more comfortable letting her explore on her own. Khaleesi is playing on swings, climbing smaller trees and structures. Ibu is always nearby watching Khaleesi and helping her learn!

El Paso Zoo staff have made changes to the orangutan exhibit to help Khaleesi get around as she explores more. Khaleesi and Ibu are on exhibit at the El Paso Zoo Thursday to Sunday. You can see Khaleesi climb on the structures in her exhibit when you visit the Zoo, which include

–          a new, special climbing ladder (strong enough for dad, but small enough for Khaleesi!)

–          new and adjusted fire hoses that are more accessible for little hands

–          new, lower swinging opportunities for Khaleesi to play on.

““We will continue to adapt the orangutan habitat as Khaleesi continues to grow, develop and climb independently,” said Collections Supervisor Griselda Martinez. “Climbing independently is a developmental milestone and Khaleesi seems to be advanced for her age. It’s a fact that Ibu is very bright, and we believe Ibu has taught her well.”

Sumatran Orangutans are native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, and are found nowhere else in the wild. They are listed as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Only about 7,000 remain in the wild.

Video of the day: EP Zoo’s Khaleesi, 4-month old baby orangutan, stands for 1st time

From the El Paso Zoo – Khaleesi, the fourth-month old baby orangutan at the El Paso Zoo, stands for the first time with mommy Ibu. Mommy and baby are on exhibit daily from 9:30 a.m. to noon.

They do have access to their indoor living spaces at this time, and may not be immediately visible.

For more info on the El Paso Zoo, click HERE.

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