EL PASO ZOO UNEXPECTEDLY LOSES PENINSULAR PRONGHORN

Photo: Luigi on left side. 




El Paso, Texas (September 8, 2014) - The El Paso Zoo regrets to announce the loss of Luigi, a 4-month-old peninsular pronghorn, who passed on Saturday, September 6. Luigi was born at the El Paso Zoo on May 3. 

“We are very saddened by this loss. We are keeping an eye on the rest of the herd and they seem to be doing fine,” said Tony Zydonyk, Area Supervisor.

The cause of death is currently unknown and preliminary necropsy reports show that it may have been a generalized inflammatory or infectious issue.

On Friday, September 5, zoo keepers noticed that he was lethargic when he didn’t get up to go out on exhibit with the herd. Veterinary staff evaluated him and began treatment including supportive care (fluids) and antibiotics.  The treatment was unsuccessful.

The final necropsy report may help determine the cause of the sudden illness and the rapid decline. Necropsy reports can take 6 weeks to three months to get back.

“We realize this is a possible setback for the population and I have complete confidence in our staff can continue to assist with the preservation of this species with their hard work and dedication,” said Steve Marshall, Zoo Director.  

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 Foster Tree House Playground, African Star train, the Hunt Family Desert Spring water feature and Giraffe Encounters. 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. For more information, visit elpasozoo.org. For news and exclusive content, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/elpasozoo), Twitter (www.twitter.com/elpasozoo) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/theelpasozoo).


Media Contact: Karla Martinez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (915) 740-0033 (cell)

SECOND SET OF TWIN PYGMY SLOW LORISES BORN AT EL PASO ZOO

 Infants and Mom Expected to be on Exhibit in Late September

El Paso, Texas (September 5, 2014) – The El Paso Zoo is happy to announce the birth of twin slow lorises born on August 22, 2014. The infants, born to mom and dad named Steven Tyler and Kym Ly, are their second set of twins born at the El Paso Zoo. Kym Ly gave birth to a set of twins, Meka and Malia last April.

The twins born in August have not been named yet. One has been identified as a male and the other is believed to be a female. The 13-day-old lorises received their first medical exam yesterday; the male weighed in at 52.4 grams and the female weighed in at 43.5 grams. Their weight is equivalent to a small lime.

“We are excited about the birth of this second set of twins. It’s difficult to breed slow lorises and it’s taken a lot of work from our staff to have these successful births. Through our work with Kym Ly, we have been able to help her become a confident and cooperative mother,” said Area Supervisor Rachel Alvarez.

The births are part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) to aid in the species’ conservation.  Pygmy slow lorises are currently listed as “vulnerable” in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. 

“I’m proud of our staff’s hard work and contribution to this species.  Through our collective animal management with other AZA accredited zoos, when they grow up the lorises will be moved to another zoo to continue with the preservation of the species,” said Zoo Director Steve Marshall.

The exhibit is currently blocked off to allow mom and kids to bond. They are expected to be on exhibit later this month.

Media: Photos are attached. Click on the following link to access video https://www.dropbox.com/s/3pbc3ym2q3hgla4/CLIP%20001.mov?dl=0 . We will send out notice when a photo opportunity is available.

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 Foster Tree House Playground, African Star train, the Hunt Family Desert Spring water feature and Giraffe Encounters. 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. For more information, visit elpasozoo.org. For news and exclusive content, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/elpasozoo), Twitter (www.twitter.com/elpasozoo) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/theelpasozoo).

 

Media Contact: Karla Martinez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (915) 740-0033 (cell)

Zoo Open Labor Day

August 29, 2014

EL PASO ZOO OPEN MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 1 FOR LABOR DAY

As a reminder, the El Paso Zoo will be open on Monday, September 1 for Labor Day. 

Regular zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Ticket gate closes at 4 p.m.

For more information call 521-1850.

 

 

 

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