MISSISSIPPI KITE TO BE RELEASED AT RIO BOSQUE PARK AFTER RECEIVING CARE AT EL PASO ZOO

Media Invited to Hawk Release on Tuesday, September 30 at 11 a.m.

 

El Paso, Texas (September 29, 2014) – The El Paso Zoo will be releasing a Mississippi kite at Rio Bosque Wetlands on Tuesday, September 30 at 11 a.m.

The Mississippi kite is a hawk and is an uncommon summer resident in El Paso. El Paso is the far western edge of their natural range. Kites migrate to South America for the winter, so this youngster’s rehabilitation was crucial to make its long journey this fall.

The kite was found as a fledgling in the lower valley in El Paso and was unable to fly or hunt for itself. The El Paso Zoo has provided a temporary home and care including veterinary evaluation before transferring it to Gila Wildlife Rescue, a raptor rehabilitator.  While at Gila Wildlife Rescue, the kite was able to perfect his flight and hunting abilities and is ready to be released in its home town.

Although the El Paso Zoo is not a wildlife rehabilitation facility, the Zoo works closely with local wildlife rehabilitators from the Chihuahuan Desert Wildlife Rescue and Second Chance for Wildlife. The Zoo has the special permits required to work with birds of prey (hawks, falcons, owls) and provides medical care including surgery for injured raptors before transferring them for recovery to a licensed rehabilitator like Gila Wildlife Rescue.

“Working with our wildlife rehabilitation partners to get birds like this back into the wild, and with parks like Rio Bosque that protect their habitat, are examples of the conservation work we do here locally. We want to connect people to nature, and this is a great place to do it and a great way to give back to nature,” said Dr. Vikki Milne, Zoo Veterinarian.

The Chihuahuan Desert Wildlife Rescue has provided financial support for the Zoo's care of wild raptors. Thanks to these partnerships, the Zoo has been able to help wild injured and orphaned Swainson's hawks, golden eagles, barn owls, American kestrels, and now Mississippi kites.

Media should meet at the Bosque Trailhead and Visitor Center at 10:45 a.m. For directions, click here.  Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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).

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

 

 

 

 

EL PASO ZOO DIRECTOR STEVE MARSHALL ELECTED TO ASSOCIATION OF ZOOS AND AQUARIUMS BOARD OF DIRECTORS

El Paso, Texas (September 29, 2014)  –The membership of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) has elected Steve Marshall, Director of the El Paso Zoo, to the AZA Board of Directors.

“I am honored to be asked to serve on the AZA’s national board of directors,” said Marshall.  “I have been a member of AZA and worked at AZA accredited zoos or aquariums my entire career. Our member institutions are more important to their communities, more relevant in their messages, and more focused on conservation efforts than ever before.”

Beginning October 1, 2014,Marshall will serve on the AZA Board of Directors as one of its thirteen members. Marshall will be involved in every aspect of the national organization, including accreditation, ethics, animal welfare, and conservation. Each year, AZA’s 229 accredited facilities collectively contribute $160 million to field conservation projects that help to protect species across the world, serve more than 181 million visitors, welcome more than 12 million students on educational field trips, contribute $16 billion to the U.S. economy, and support 142,000 jobs.

“AZA-accredited zoos and aquariums will benefit from Steve’s strong leadership and extensive experience,” said AZA President and CEO Jim Maddy.

A member of AZA since graduate school, Marshall has worked at zoos and aquariums of different sizes and under a variety of governance types for 26 years. For the last seven years, he has been the Director of the El Paso Zoo in Texas. He has been a member of AZA’s Professional Development Committee and is currently an instructor in the AZA Professional Development course, Managing for Success. He has been an accreditation inspector and has recently served on the AZA Ethics Committee. Currently, he is a mentor in the AZA Executive Leadership Development Program and is a member of the AZA Palm Oil Task force. Recently, he was recognized with the Tim O’Sullivan Award for service to the AZA Professional Development Program.

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).

About AZA
Founded in 1924, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science, and recreation. AZA is the accrediting body for the top zoos and aquariums in the United States and six other countries. Look for the AZA accreditation logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. The AZA is a leader in saving species and your link to helping animals all over the world. To learn more, visit www.aza.org.

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

 

EL PASO ZOO LOSES GREATER KUDU

El Paso, Texas (September 22, 2014) - The El Paso Zoo is mourning the loss of 5-year-old Diego, a Greater kudu that has been at the Zoo since June 2010. Diego passed away on Thursday, September 18.

“It is always a difficult time for our staff when we lose an animal. Our staff provides great care for them and builds a close bond which makes it so difficult. Diego will be greatly missed,” said Steve Marshall, Zoo Director.

Zoo keepers noticed signs of illness on Wednesday morning and veterinary staff was called to administer care. Diego was given medications and monitored into the night. On Thursday, the illness progressed and he received more intensive treatment. The cause of death has not been determined. Pending necropsy reports and lab results may help to determine the cause. 

“From the first moment Diego arrived at the El Paso Zoo, he was sweet and loving.  Because of Diego’s wonderful personality, it was such a joy to work with him and train him.  He touched the hearts of everyone he met and because of that, he will be missed each and every day,” said Christy Montes de Oca, Zoo Keeper and Diego’s trainer.

Diego lived at the El Paso Zoo since June 2010. He shared an exhibit in the Africa section of the Zoo with two other Greater kudu, gazelles, and three male giraffes. He was an exceptionally friendly and easy going antelope, a favorite of many staff members.

“Diego was one of our favorite animals in the area. He was the sweetest and most gentle animal and we’re really going to miss him,” said Andrea Skinner, Area Supervisor.

Media can contact Karla Martinez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or at (915) 740-0033 to schedule an interview.

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).

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

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