The El Paso Zoo proudly announces an attendance record-breaking Boo at the Zoo 2015 with 16,470 visitors over the two day event.
“Increased visitation shows us that El Pasoans and tourists love our Zoo. The Zoo offers value and fun, as well as educational and recreational opportunities to discover conservation together,” said Steve Marshall, Zoo Director. “It’s an exciting time for us at the Zoo. It doesn’t get better than this.”
The Zoo credits this year’s 23 percent growth to increased word-of-mouth and social media reach and engagement.
The Boo at the Zoo facebook event post, for example, reached nearly 460,000 people online. Likewise, Boo at the Zoo, which
has seen an 18 percent increase in the last three years, has become a premier event for safe, family-friendly trick-or-treating and fall fun because of word-of-mouth engagement.
“This is an event that has become an El Paso favorite over the last few years and because of the success, we will be extending hours next year,” said Karla Martinez, the Zoo’s Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator.  “Our visitors love celebrating Halloween with our animals as they get their very own special treats.”
Additionally, the El Paso Zoological Society sold 391 memberships during the two day event.
The Zoo handed out more than 200,000 pieces of candy to trick-or-treaters, in addition to providing special educational and recreational activities and opportunities along with regular Zoo programs and animal encounters. In response to community feedback, the Zoo continues to add new activities to Boo at the Zoo every year since the event was revitalized five years ago.

El Paso Zoo saddened over loss of Greater kudu

EL PASO, Texas –
El Paso Zoo staff is saddened over the loss of 8-month-old Greater kudu Mijo. Mijo was born at the El Paso Zoo in January 2015. 

“Mijo was very special to us. He was curious, smart and very tender,” said Christy Montes de Oca, Mijo’s trainer and Zoo Keeper. “It was very difficult to say goodbye to such a wonderful animal.” 

Mijo passed away yesterday during a routine vasectomy from aspiration during anesthesia which is a common threat to ruminant animals. A ruminant animal is an herbivore that has a large multi-chambered stomach (like a cow, deer, or sheep). Ruminant gastrointestinal tracts allow an animal to ferment and digest fibrous plant material.

During the procedure, Mijo aspirated and staff immediately intervened taking every possible step to prevent the loss of life, including performing CPR after he stopped breathing.

“This is always a risk when we’re anesthetizing a ruminant animal, we take several steps during the procedure to decrease any risk of aspiration,” Dr. Victoria Milne said.

The vasectomy was scheduled to prevent him from impregnating his mother and sister who shared an exhibit with him.  

Take advantage of cool summer evenings at Zoo After Howlers this Saturday

EL PASO, Texas – Ever wonder what the animals at the El Paso Zoo are doing after hours? The El Paso Zoo will be hosting this summer’s second Zoo After Howlers on Saturday, July 11, 2015.

As part of this extended programs, which lets visitors enjoy the zoo in the cool of the evening, the Zoo will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Last entrance will be at 7 p.m. Regular admission applies.

“Last year’s attendance of our extended summer evening hours made it evident that this event is a community favorite, so we brought it back for a second year,” said Steve Marshall. “Providing a higher quality of life for our community through educational and recreational opportunities is important to us.”

Guests will be able to enjoy regular Zoo activities including giraffe feeding, animal presentations and encounters, and special appearances, including a performance from your favorite princesses. Photo opportunities with the princesses will be available for $10.

All attractions, Passport Café and Grasslands Café will be open for guests. The Hunt Family Desert Spring and Foster Tree House Playground will be available into the evening so the kiddos can enjoy. Evening hours will not only offer fun, but will offer families an outing during cooler summer hours. The Zoo’s ticket booth and membership office will close at 7 p.m. Staff will begin to take animals off exhibit at 7:45 p.m. Zoo grounds will close at 8:30 p.m.

Activities include:

3 to 4 p.m., 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. — Princess Character Photos, Cost: $10.
4 p.m. and 6 p.m. — Princess Performance
5, 5:15, 5:45, 6:45, 7:15 p.m. — Meet the Keeper
6 p.m. — Giraffe Feeding, Cost: $3
7 p.m. — Kalahari Research Station Animal Encounter

Guests will receive a detailed schedule of events at the gate or can access it from our event calendar by clicking here

The last Zoo After Howlers of the Summer will be held on August 8.
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