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The Zoo encourages people to think and act both locally and globally in helping wildlife. With the arrival of the lions the El Paso Zoo is now participating in exhibiting Africa lions under the North American Lion Species Survival Program.

The Species Survival Plan program began in 1981 as a cooperative population management and conservation program for selected species in zoos and aquariums in North America. Each SSP manages the breeding of a species in order to maintain a healthy and self-sustaining population that is both genetically diverse and demographically stable