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Welcome! Explore the Zoo!!

So you’ve been in El Paso for a while now and you’re looking for something new… maybe even a little wild? How about getting into a staring contest with a pride of lions? Or catching an infectious smile as a family of meerkats shoot a curious glance your way?

It’s not the typical El Paso experience, but, then again, visiting the El Paso Zoo is anything but typical. The park looks as though it was carved right out of the city, an expansive green space that is home to exotic animal species from around the world.

From your first visit you’ll know that this zoo was not created to house curiosities. It was carefully planned as an open landscape to be explored and discovered. It’s a place that encourages outbursts of oohs!, ahhs!, not to mention the occasional mad dash to the next exhibit. Imagine that… a place where your kids can run amuck and the only repercussion is your struggle to keep up with them.

One of the most interesting things about the El Paso Zoo is that it was developed with a “total immersion” mindset. Visiting this zoo is like taking a journey; an experience that could bring out the animal in anyone. So, if you’re expecting a typical walk in the park, then you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the uncommon encounters that await you. Get ready to transform your usual family outing into a real adventure.

Where On Earth Are We?

Keeping its animal guests happy and comfortable is extremely important at the El Paso Zoo, and it’s the reason why the zoo was designed as an open space park – part of that total immersion philosophy. One of the interesting results of this type of development is that the exhibits take on the geographic characteristics of the animal’s homeland, and exploring the exotic geography of the exhibits can be just as much fun as seeing the animals themselves. You might even catch yourself wondering just where on Earth you are.

April 1-30 Education Programs
April Animal Encounter Schedule

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El Paso City Departments Join Forces to Celebrate Earth Month
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Foster Tree House at the El Paso Zoo NOW OPEN!
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Zoo Adventure Programs
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El Paso Zoo Announces Generous Gift
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Our daily sea lion programs have been cancelled until further notice

During the breeding season, larger male sea lions sometimes exhibit aggressive behaviors towards other sea lions. Last summer our male sea lion bit our female sea lion. Although this was a minor incident, to prevent further conflict between them, we are keeping them separate from each other. We will resume our daily training programs as soon as possible, but do not currently know when that will be. The female sea lion is doing well and has recovered from her injury.

El Paso Zoo launches mobile application to help save orangutans, elephants and their habitat
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How to become a Zoo Volunteer
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NEW: El Paso Zoo Master Plan
El Paso Zoo Master Plan, 2013

Hours of Operation & Admissions

Open daily at 9:30 a.m.
Last admittance through gate (ticket and/or membership) is 4:00pm; grounds close promptly at 5:00 p.m.

Extended Hours on Weekends begin the weekend after Memorial Day through Labor Day Weekend when the ticket booth on Weekends closes at 5:00 p.m. The Zoo closes at 6:00 p.m.

Ages 2 & under ...............................Free
Ages 3 to 12 ..................................$6.00
Ages 13 to 59 .................................$10.00
Active Duty Military and
Spouse with ID ...............................$7.50
Ages 60 & over ...............................$7.50
Zoological Society Members ..........Free

Wheel Chairs

Wheelchairs (manual and electric), strollers, and wagons are available for rental at the Safari Outfitters Gift Shop (inside the Zoo). A picture ID is required for each rental. A very limited number of manual/electric wheelchairs are available on a first come first serve basis. Prices vary and all major credit cards are accepted.

Tour The Zoo

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Education Programs

Scheduled Animal Encounters and Training Programs are listed in the zoo map insert. Sea Lion presentations are cancelled until further notice. Daily Programs include Galapagos Tortoise Training (10:30am), Asian Elephant Training (noon) and Ocelot Training (2:30pm). Other Animal Encounters are scheduled at various times and days during the week including Raptor presentations with either a Golden Eagle or Harris Hawk, Lion Training programs and Giraffe Encounters. Giraffe Encounters where you get to feed a giraffe are at 11:00am and 2:30pm and require a $2 token available just outside the Kalahari Research Station. These encounters plus Lion Training presentations at 11:45am are scheduled Saturday and Sundays. From June 4 to through Labor Day, Giraffe Encounters and Lion Training Programs are scheduled Wednesdays to Sundays. Check your map insert when you arrive for times and locations. Because our exhibits are always changing some animals may not be on exhibit when you come to the Zoo. All presentations are subject to cancellation without notice.