Hunt Family Endangered Species Carousel

The 36 foot Hunt Family Endangered Species Carousel features thirty hand-painted animals representing endangered species from around the world. It also features a spinning birds nest ride and an Americans with Disabilities compliance swan chariot.

Non-Member: $2.00 | Members: $1.50

Mon-Thurs: 9:30am – 4:00pm | Fri-Sun 9:30am – 4:30pm


Foster Treehouse Playground

Foster Treehouse Playground | El Paso Zoo
The Foster Tree House Playground includes five tree houses blended into a natural setting for an imagination-filled, “free-play”. The tallest of the tree houses rises up to 16 feet off the ground. The playground provides kids of all ages a 360 degree view of the surrounding area, four slides, a crazy tunnel, log climbers and cargo netting. This playground is unique, and nothing like it can be found anywhere else in the southwest.

Hunt family desert spring

Hunt Family Desert Spring | El Paso Zoo
During the warm weather months (the zoo is open year-round because it’s warm almost all year around here), the Hunt Family Desert Spring offers a splashin' good time! This interactive water play area features dancing water, gushers, spray tunnels, tower sprays, pop-ups and more. These different water patterns emitted by the spring are not only fun to watch but great for families to splash around in, relax and cool down.

Giraffe Encounters

Get up close and personal with AJ, Bonsu and Juma, the zoo's three male giraffes! Feed them along with their zookeepers - but watch out for their 15-inch long tongues, because giraffes will snatch the lettuce right out of your hand if you’re not paying attention! These boys are friendly and truly enjoy the special treats and this fun experience they share with their visiting friends. Token Price: $3

Visit our event calendar for encounter dates and times.

African Star Train

"All aboard!!" Hop on the African Star Train and take a ride around Africa. Enjoy animals such as giraffes, zebras and more. Train tokens can be purchased at the Safari Outfitters Gift Shop.

Token Prices:

  • Adults: $2.00
  • Zoo Members: $1.50
  • Children 3-12: $1.50
  • Children 2 and under: Free

 *Tax not included. Train hours are seasonal and may vary due to weather.


Wildlife Amphitheater

Take Flight! Enjoy the free-flighted Wings of the Desert Birdshow daily! 

Visit our events calendar for Wings of the Desert Birdshow show dates and times.

Funded by the 2012 Quality of Life bond funds, the state-of-the-art Wildlife Amphitheater is a place for Zoo guests to engage and learn in a whole new way through animal encounters, educational programs, concerts, and much more!