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TWO NEW ANIMALS ON EXHIBIT AT THE EL PASO ZOO

El Paso, Texas (December 13, 2012) Visitors to the El Paso Zoo can now see two new animals on exhibit in the Asia section of the Zoo. Malayan tiger, Belahat, and Sumatran Orangutan, Butch, are now on exhibit where visitors can see them.

Both animals are part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan(SSP). The SSP's mission is to conserve species such as the Malayan tiger and Sumatran orangutan which are currently critically endangered. Zoo management and keepers have worked diligently to slowly introduce both of these animals to their new mates- a common practice throughout zoos for the safety and well-being of the animals.

"We are happy to have Belahat and Butch in our care. Both of these animals are extremely important to the survival of their species and we are looking forward to having a successful breeding between Belahat and Seri and Ibu and Butch," said Asia Collections Supervisor Griselda Martinez.





Belahat is a 13-year-old Malayan Tiger that was transferred to the El Paso Zoo from Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo. Butch is a 27-year-old Sumatran Orangutan that was transferred to the El Paso Zoo from the Cincinnati Zoo.





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Locally recognized as the Best Place to Take the Kiddos, the El Paso Zoo sits on 35 acres of fun and adventure. Bigger and better than ever, the El Paso Zoo is an expansive green space that is home to exotic animals from around the world and features family attractions such as the African Star train and the Hunt Family Desert Spring. Accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), the El Paso Zoo celebrates the value of animals and natural resources and creates opportunities for people to rediscover their connection to nature. For more information, visit elpasozoo.org. For news and exclusive content, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/elpasozoo) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/theelpasozoo).

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