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El Paso Zoo to Close Early Today to Address Some ‘Pesky Guests’

The El Paso Zoo will close early today, April 23, to improve animal and guest comfort and everyday experience. The closure set for 2:30 p.m. will allow crews to address an insect problem.

According to zoo officials, the facility has an “unprecedented high number of biting black flies, which have been seriously disrupting the behavior and comfort of zoo animals, as well as guests and staff.”

The biting flies are more than a minor nuisance. They have led to the hospitalization of two zoo birds, cancellation of several Wildlife Theater bird shows, and restriction of a few zoo animals to their indoor quarters.

Officials add, “Despite treatments aimed at repelling the flies and protecting the animals, the black fly population has persisted. In order to provide a more thorough treatment zoo wide, we will be closing early on Monday to allow our pest control contractor to fog service areas and guest pathways where the biting insects are the most active. The fogging schedule may be modified due to weather as the treatment is not as effective under windy conditions.”

The insecticide will be a short acting local fog that will not have lingering effects. Dr. Vikki Milne, Zoo Veterinarian, has been working closely with our pest control service to ensure safe application of the insecticide, and hopefully some relief for our animals, staff, and guests.

The Zoo will reopen at normal hours on Tuesday and through the week.

El Paso Zoo hosts $3 Discount Days

The El Paso Zoo is offering three times the fun with $3 Discount Days every Monday and Tuesday in August.

Special $3 Discount Day treats include; Icees, agua frescas and funnel cake fries to make the end of summer a little sweeter.

“We are excited to be able to offer this fun summer promotion for a limited time,” said Zoo Director Steve Marshall. “Three Dollar Discount Days are the perfect opportunity for our borderland community to come out and enjoy the Zoo before the summer is over.”

With $3 kid’s tickets, $3 treats and $3 train tokens for 2, zoo officials say, “There’s no better way to beat the heat than to come to $3 Discount Days at the Zoo.” Visitors can watch the sea lion presentation on Mondays, or catch a wild encounter on Tuesdays during $3 Discount Days.

Officials add, “The El Paso Zoo is a favorite place for El Paso to cool down in the splash pad…it’s also a great place to monkey around with the tree house playground, in addition to being home to your wildest Zoo friends.”

With an annual attendance of more than 360,000 people, the Zoo is El Paso’s Most-Visited Family Attraction.

To see the full program schedule on $3 Discount Days, visit the Zoo event calendar at

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.