El Paso Zoo now streaming direct to you
Webcams create virtual educational and recreational visiting opportunities
EL PASO, Texas –No matter where you are in the world, you can now take the El Paso Zoo with you. Beginning June 4, virtual Zoo guests “visit” with the meerkats and giraffes 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. through new live webcams at the El Paso Zoo! Wherever you go, you can now access the Zoo on your computer, phone or tablet. Through the webcams, virtual guests may watch live giraffe feedings, or just tune in to check on these two favorite Zoo animals.
This technology experience is coming alive because of Mayor Oscar and First Lady Lisa Leeser’s COMMITMENT TO CARE FUND. Moreover, the new Zoo webcams align with the City of El Paso’s strategic plan by creating this innovative recreational and educational program for all city residents.
“The El Paso Zoo is a treasure that our family enjoys on a regular basis, and we wanted to ensure people from all over have the chance to admire some of our favorite exhibits. Through the power of technology, we are happy to be able to bring to life one of El Paso’s jewels through virtual visits that can be accessed from computers around the world,” said Lisa Leeser, First Lady of El Paso.
Mayor and Mrs. Leeser believe that science comes alive at the El Paso Zoo. The COMMITMENT TO CARE FUND, a charitable fund supported by the couple’s mayoral salary, made a $10,000 donation to the El Paso Zoological Society to support webcams at the El Paso Zoo. This is part of their promise to the people of El Paso and their commitment to the community they love.
“This donation provides a great example of the potential of our community leaders to participate in our community and the Mayor and Mrs. Leeser are a model for investing in nonprofits who are serving the needs of our City,” said Renee Neuert, Executive Director of the El Paso Zoological Society.
This webcam program further expands the Zoo’s ability to reach all residents and improve El Paso’s quality of life through this recreational and educational opportunity.
“Because of this donation, the Zoo will partner with El Paso Independent School District to bring giraffes and meerkats into El Paso classrooms,” said Steve Marshall, Zoo Director. “By utilizing technology, we will be able to align science, nature and other STEM initiatives directly to El Paso students this fall.”
Webcams may be viewed at: http://www.elpasozoo.org/cameras
About El Paso Zoo: 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, the Hunt Family Desert Spring, and the Foster Tree House Playground. 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.
It's a Baby Shower!
The community is invited to celebrate the El Paso Zoo’s newest animal mommy with their mommies on Mother’s Day.
The El Paso Zoo will shower orangutan mom Ibu and dad Butch with love from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 10, 2015. The shower will include games, interactive booths, special animal enrichment, and more. Butch will be on exhibit during the shower. Ibu and their baby, born at the zoo on April 23, will not be on exhibit to allow mom and baby more time to bond. Visitors will get to see exclusive photos of the pair on Sunday.
Members of the community will also be able to vote for their favorite name for Ibu and Butch’s baby at Sunday’s shower. Ibu’s keepers have chosen four of their favorite names. They are asking for the community’s help to narrow it down to the top two names. The selected baby names are:
The lions, elephants, meerkats, sun bear and spider monkeys will also be voting on baby names during their enrichment activities at Sunday’s shower. Animal enrichment is provided to animals to provide mental and physical stimulation in their daily lives. Community members who can’t come to the Zoo on Mother’s Day will be able to vote at elpasozoo.org/babyshower starting on May 11. On Father’s Day, Butch will pick between the top two vote-getters.
Ibu’s Baby Shower is being held in conjunction with the international M.O.M. (Missing Orangutan Mothers) event. The birth of a Sumatran orangutan at the El Paso Zoo could be one of the most important conservation achievements in the history of the Zoo. The El Paso Zoo has focused on Sumatran orangutan conservation efforts with support from the El Paso Zoological Society Conservation Fund for more than 10 years. This includes supporting programs in Indonesia that rescue and relocate hundreds of injured, orphaned and displaced orangutans.