EL PASO, Texas – Zoo guests had so much fun at the first Pokémon Go Safari Night, the Zoo is hosting a second evening for borderland trainers to come “catch ‘em all!” Find Pokémon and see your favorite animals at the El Paso Zoo Pokémon Go Safari Nights from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, August 13.

There is a $10 fee for all guests ages 3 and up to attend the Pokémon Go Safari Night. All regular concessions and snack carts will be open, and beer and wine will be available for sale at this special after-hour’s event. Advance tickets are now available. Advance ticket holders will be able to “skip the lines” with a special advance ticket line.

The Zoo will operate during its normal business hours and close at 5 p.m. on August 13. The Zoo will reopen at 6 p.m. and animals will begin to go off exhibit at 7:45 p.m. The last entry to the special Pokémon Go Safari Night is at 9 p.m. and the Zoo will close at 10 p.m.

The Zoo has its own Gym, 17 Pokéstops, water Pokémon and several rare Pokémon – including Charmander, Pikachu and Snorlax. Pokéstops are places in Pokémon Go that allow players to collect items, such as eggs and Pokéballs, which are necessary to catch Pokémon. Gyms are where players train and battle with the characters they caught.

The Zoo will drop two lures (which attract and hold Pokémon for 30 minutes) in two locations (four total lures) every 15 minutes from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The lure locations hints will be available in advance on the Zoo’s Twitter profile. An additional 20 lures will be dropped at secret locations throughout the Zoo.

The Zoo has free Wi-Fi powered by Digital El Paso. The El Paso Electric Company will be providing charging stations for players to power up. 

EL PASO, Texas –The El Paso City Council approved the contract for the Construction Manager at Risk (CMAR) for the El Paso Zoo premier Quality of Life Bond (QOL) Chihuahuan Desert project to Jordan Foster LLC, a local construction management firm. This $10 million signature project will replace approximately 20 percent of Zoo exhibits.

“Utilizing the CMAR method is the best choice for this type of project due to its complexity, budget and unique outcome,” said Steve Marshall, Zoo Director.

As a result of the distinct design and interactive features, the Zoo selected CMAR as an alternative contracting method because of the potential to save money and time. CMAR allows the three parties, designer, contractor and owner, to be present early in the design phase. This kind of relationship permits all parties to provide their expertise and feedback at the onset of the project to produce an exciting and one-of-a-kind exhibit for the community to enjoy.

This Quality of Life Bond project is part of the Zoo’s master plan, which is the framework for moving the Zoo forward in an innovative direction. On November 6, 2012, El Paso voters approved $470 million worth of improvements to parks, libraries, museums, downtown and the El Paso Zoo. The ballot question received an overwhelming 75 percent response in favor of approving the Quality of Life Bond Issue.

The El Paso Zoo is hosting two Pokémon sleepovers on August 12 and August 19 to give Poké Masters a chance to catch the rare Pokémon that only come to the Zoo after dark.

The El Paso Zoo is home to 17 Pokéstops and a gym, which players will have access to all night. Pokéstops are places in the Pokémon Go game that allow players to collect items, such as eggs and Poké Balls, which are necessary to catch Pokémon. Gyms are where players train and battle with their characters.

“This is a fun way to catch rare Pokémon, and discover even more rare endangered species,” said Education Specialist Stephanie Gonzalez. “We are excited to be able to have an interactive opportunity to host a special Zoo Adventure Program with a themed twist.”

The Zoo will drop lures throughout the night and have special themed animal encounters with real animals that resemble some favorite Pokémon characters. Guests will also get to make their own Poké Balls for the Zoo animals and watch as the animals “catch” some enrichment fun.

This special sleepover includes a box dinner, continental breakfast, two behind the scenes tours, special animal encounters, access to rare Pokémon and all the lures, and more. The sleepover is $57 for adults and $53 for children under age 13. One adult must accompany every five guests under age 17. Additionally, the sleepover includes a Zoo admission ticket so the sleepover guest may come back and catch the day Pokémon, too!

The deadline to sign up for the August 12 sleepover is Monday, August 1. The deadline to sign up for the August 19 sleepover is Friday, August 5. Only 25 spots are available for each sleepover.

To sign up, visit http://bit.ly/1QeU1Aj or call (915) 212 - 2826. 

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