Love is in the Air at the El Paso Zoo
Animals To Receive Special Valentine’s Day Treats

 

Come watch the animals at the Zoo receive a special Valentine’s Day enrichment treat! Enrichment activities will begin at 9:45 a.m. and continue until 3:30 p.m.  on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015. Animal enrichment is provided to animals to provide mental and physical stimulation in their daily lives. Without a doubt, the animals enjoy special treats, and this activity provides a fun and unique experience for them and our visitors.

“All of our animals love their daily treats and this is a fun and a great way to engage our visitors. We enjoy giving our animals special treats and showing the community and our visitors how much they are loved. This will be a fun activity for the animals and anyone who comes to share Valentine’s Day with them,” said Carrie Trudeau, Animal Enrichment Coordinator.

ENRICHMENT SCHEDULE


9:45 a.m.              Asia- Leopard & Lion Tail Macaque

10:15 a.m.           Americas- Galapagos Tortoises

11:30 a.m.           Americas- Ocelot

11:45 a.m.           Africa- Lower Savannah

12:00 p.m.           Africa- Lions, Asia- Nocturnal Animals Forest Complex

12:30 p.m.           Asia-Orangutan

12:45 p.m.           Asia- Sun Bear, Americas- Spider Monkeys

1:00 p.m.             Asia- Tiger

1:30 p.m.             Asia- Siamangs

2:00 p.m.             Americas- Snake - Reptile house              

2:15 p.m.             Africa- Meerkats, Americas- Animals of the South American Pavilion

2:30 p.m.             Asia- Elephants

3:00 p.m.             Asia- Przewalski’s horse

3:15 p.m.             Americas- Prairie Dogs

3:30 p.m.             Americas- Americas Lands Animals & Cisneros Paraje

EL PASO ZOOLOGICAL SOCIETY TO HOST BREW AT THE ZOO ON FEB. 28 

Tickets Available for Purchase Online Now

El Paso, Texas (January 29, 2015) - The El Paso Zoological Society invites you to its inaugural Brew at the Zoo fundraising event to be held at the El Paso Zoo on Saturday, February 28 from 6-10 p.m.

L&F Distributors will be featuring over 20 craft breweries, each sampling a variety of their beers. The event will also feature special BBQ pub grub, pub style games, live music, special animal presentations and much more.

Tickets are on sale now at the Zoological Society office at the Zoo, by phone at (915) 532-8156 or online at epbrewatthezoo.com. General admission tickets are $30 prior to the event and $35 after Feb 22. Tickets are also available in a six pack for $162 or $20 for a designated driver.  

VIP tickets are available for early admission from 5 – 6 p.m. with special activities and a food and beer pairing sponsored by Rulis International Kitchen. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $85.

No DUI El Paso will be working with the Zoological Society to ensure safe rides home for patrons.

Funds raised from this event will contribute to our Zoo’s educational conservation programs and capital projects. The El Paso Zoological Society is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization that supports the growth and continued success of the El Paso Zoo. Through this partnership, EPZS has contributed to many major Zoo improvements and programs.

For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit epbrewatthezoo.com.

Parking: Over-flow parking will be available at the El Paso Coliseum for $5.

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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EL PASO ZOO’S SUMATRAN ORANGUTANS EXPECTING THIS SPRING

 Pregnancy of Rare Orangutan is Part of AZA Breeding Recommendation

El Paso, Texas (January 28, 2015) - The El Paso Zoo’s Sumatran orangutans, Ibu and Butch, are expecting their first baby this spring. This will be the first offspring for both 23-year-old Ibu and 29-year-old Butch. Ibu is one of only 12 females included in the current breeding recommendation of the AZA’s Species Survival Plan for this species.

Butch came to El Paso Zoo to breed with Ibu in March of 2011, as part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP).  Ibu and Butch have bonded well over the last three years and it was evident that someday they’d be pregnant.

“There are no words to explain our excitement about her pregnancy. We’ve been working with Ibu to prepare her for pregnancy and motherhood for several years,” said Griselda Martinez, Collections Supervisor.  The community can help with Ibu’s baby training by purchasing a plush orangutan at the Zoo’s gift shop and donating it to Ibu. Call (915) 521-1871 for more information.

Maintaining a breeding population in accredited zoos is an integral component to the future of their survival due to the pressure on wild populations. The El Paso Zoo is one of 27 AZA accredited institutions with Sumatran orangutans.

“Staff has been working hard on many fronts for orangutan conservation and this represents a very important component of that effort. 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,” said Steve Marshall, El Paso Zoo Director.  

Many conservationists predict that if any of the five species of great apes become extinct in the wild during this century, it will be the Sumatran orangutan. The wild population has declined dramatically by more than 50 percent during the past few decades with an estimated wild population of only 7,300.

“This birth is going to be very significant for our Zoo and orangutans. Ibu’s keepers have worked extremely hard to make it possible for the veterinary team to monitor Ibu. She presents her stomach and we are able to perform sonograms which made it easier for us to confirm that she is pregnant and monitor the developing baby,” said Dr Victoria Milne, Zoo Veterinarian.

The El Paso Zoo has focused on Sumatran orangutan conservation efforts as one of its top priorities over the past 10 yearswith support from the El Paso Zoological Society Conservation Fund. The fund supports programs in Indonesia that rescue and relocate hundreds of injured, orphaned and displaced orangutans. In recent years, the Zoo has expanded its conservation efforts to include more targeted education programs, the further development of a palm oil smart phone application and a partnership with UTEP that sends Zoo staff to Indonesia to assist with “hands on” orangutan conservation.

To follow Ibu’s pregnancy and get exclusive weekly information, the community can follow her mommy blog “Motherhood: A New WILD Life…From Sonogram to Orangutan” at Ibusmommyblog.com.

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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