El PASO, Texas – The El Paso Zoo invites the public to El Paso’s WILDEST trick-or-treat in town as it hosts its annual “Boo at the Zoo” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30.

Boo at the Zoo features pumpkin bowling, a creepy crawly glow in the dark bug room, an alligator alley haunted house, Zoo-rassic park, an inflatable bounce house and slide, a Halloween maze, live entertainment, and more! Watch the animals enjoy special Halloween enrichment treats, including pumpkins and piñatas! Guests are invited to wear costumes and enjoy trick-or-treat candy stations and fun fall activities.

The first 2,500 children each day will receive a recyclable trick-or-treat bag. Activities and candy stations are provided at no cost with paid admission (with exception of giraffe feeding, train and carousel rides). This family-friendly event provides a safe environment to have some ZOO-rrific fun while celebrating Halloween.Tickets for the event may be purchased in advance by visiting the zoo between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. until Friday, October 28.

Boo at the Zoo provides only certified sustainable palm oil candy and palm oil free candy at each candy station, provided by Walmart, to bring awareness to wildlife habitat destruction worldwide. As an ingredient, palm oil is found in at least four out of 10 household products. Worldwide palm oil consumption is doubling every 10 years. This oil is produced from palm oil plantations that are cutting down critical wildlife habitat to expand operations, mainly in Malaysia and Indonesia. More than 85 percent of all palm oil globally produced and exported is from Indonesia and Malaysia, where the palm oil industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat loss, climate change, animal cruelty and human rights abuses. Large-scale deforestation linked to unsustainable palm oil practices is pushing many species to extinction.

Many animals species worldwide connected to the animals at our Zoo- including Asian elephants Savannah and Juno, Sumatran orangutans Ibu, Khaleesi and Butch, and Malayan tigers Seri, Belahat, Melor - could go extinct in the wild if the palm oil industry continues its current practices.

This event is made possible by: Subway, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Neighbors Emergency Center, Banes General Contractors, MetroPCS and El Paso Family Orthodontics.

El PASO, Texas – The El Paso Zoo is sad to report the unexpected death of Sushi, the zoo’s female sea lion, after a brief illness.
Zookeepers found Sushi unresponsive yesterday while she was in her behind the scenes pool. Zookeepers and veterinary staff were unable to revive her. The cause of death is not yet known.
Zoo staff are working diligently to determine the cause of death. A full necropsy, histopathology and extensive testing will be performed.
“The zoo family is extremely brokenhearted by Sushi’s sudden death. We value the lives of all our animals and work hard to keep them happy and healthy. We know our zoo staff and friends have been able to connect with Sushi over the years. This is a great loss for us all and she will be missed dearly,” said El Paso Zoo Director Steve Marshall.
Sushi had been at the zoo since 2004 after being rescued as an abandoned pup in Oceano, California in 1999.
She was a favorite for many of the guests at the zoo. Zookeepers who took care of her remember her as a clever, spirited, and very sassy sea lion.
She was a great ambassador and helped inform guests about their role in being a good steward of natural resources
EL PASO, Texas – The El Paso Zoo invites the community to say goodbye to the male Galapagos tortoise, Elvis, who will only be on exhibit at the zoo through Thursday, October 27, before moving to the Phoenix Zoo.
“We know that our community loves Elvis and we want to invite them to come and say goodbye. This is an important move for the conservation of his species and we are all going to miss him,” said El Paso Zoo Director Steve Marshall.
“Transfers like this one are critical to the long-term survival of our endangered species.”
Elvis is a 65-year-old Galapagos tortoise (subspecies vicina) who has been at the El Paso Zoo since 1991. The transfer of Elvis is a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Program® (SSP). Population scientists working with the SSP have discovered a potentially valuable breeding situation for Elvis with a female of matching subspecies at the Phoenix Zoo.
It was recently discovered that Ralph, the 100-year-old male Galapagos tortoise (subspecies vandenburghi) at the Phoenix Zoo, is not the same subspecies as the female. Ralph is coming to El Paso as a companion to the Zoo’s remaining Galapagos tortoise, Mr. Potato Head. Phoenix Zoo staff will transport Ralph to El Paso and will return to Phoenix with Elvis.
“Next week we will swap males with the Phoenix Zoo in order to provide them with the correct subspecies male and our remaining male will get a new buddy. Animal care staff are sad to see him go, but are happy he will be part of bringing future generations into this world, as they are a popular and rare creature,” said Collections Supervisor Tammy Sundquist. “They are also looking forward to getting to know Ralph, the oldest and newest member of the El Paso Zoo family.”
Ralph, the new tortoise arriving at the zoo, will be in quarantine for at least 30 days and will not be visible to visitors. After his quarantine, zookeepers will work to introduce him slowly to Mr. Potato Head before they go on exhibit together. Slow introductions are a common practice throughout zoos for the safety and well-being of the animals.
The SSP’s mission is to conserve species such as the Galapagos tortoise. These tortoises are currently listed as endangered in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species TM. There are about 10,000 to 15,000 tortoises living on the Galápagos Islands.
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