EL PASO, Texas –The El Paso Zoo and El Paso Rhinos Hockey are teaming up to help save wildlife worldwide with Round Up. Round Up allows guest who purchase concessions or gifts to donate their change to the nearest dollar to help save wildlife, both at the Zoo and the Rhinos games.

When you round up your purchase, you round up support to make a difference! Your Round Up change has raised more than $18,000 to help wildlife since 2015.  Now, when you round up at the Zoo or the Rhinos Hockey games, you can continue to support field conservation efforts for bolson tortoises, African lions, Sumatran orangutans and black rhinos – both at the Zoo, and at the Rhinos hockey games.

“Every time you visit the Zoo, you help save wildlife,” Zoo Director Steve Marshall said. “This program and this partnership guests another way to directly make a difference by contributing to saving wildlife worldwide.”

The El Paso Zoo has supported worldwide conservation efforts through the Round Up program, including bolson tortoises, African lions, Sumatran orangutans and more in addition to funding wildlife conservation projects for almost 15 years.

“World Rhino Day is the perfect opportunity to share with the community how their support helps us save wildlife,” said Rhinos Hockey Coach and General Manager Cory Herman. “No matter who you are, or how small your contribution, you can help make a difference.”

El Paso Rhinos Hockey “adopted” Tatenda, a black rhino in the care of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, in 2008. The Rhinos have also contributed and sponsored the El Paso del Norte American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) Bowling for Rhinos fundraiser, which is a national effort to help with rhino conservation. 

EL PASO, Texas – The El Paso Zoo is welcoming a new baby into the South American Pavilion. The porcupine was born on September 16 to mom Flower and dad Vito. This is first offspring for the 4-year-old prehensile tailed porcupines – and the first baby prehensile tailed porcupine born at the Zoo.

Zoo staff is waiting to name the baby porcupine, or porcupette, under the sex of the baby can be determined in a few weeks. The porcupette weighed .95 pounds when it was born. The face of a prehensile tailed porcupine is irresistible – two dark round eyes and a curiously large, bulbous, whiskered nose set in a soft ball of speckled spines. The baby’s quills will turn from soft and orange colored to hard about 1-2 weeks after the baby’s birth, so resist the urge to cuddle!

“Animal care staff were excited getting ready for the first prehensile tailed porcupine birth at the Zoo since they confirmed the pregnancy,” said Collections Supervisor Tammy Sundquist. “It’s always a joy getting to watch a baby grow and the animal care staff is monitoring Flower and baby closely.”

Flower and the baby are bonding behind the scenes and will be on exhibit next month.

This birth is part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) to aid in the species’ conservation.  Prehensile tailed porcupines are not listed as threatened or endangered, but are pressured by habitat loss and are killed in parts of their range by hunters.

WHO: El Paso Zoo, El Paso Rhinos Hockey Coach and General Manager Cory Herman

WHAT:A group of rhinos is a called a crash - and Rhinos Hockey Coach Cory is “crashing” the party at the El Paso Zoo! Instead of working with the Rhinos, he’ll join the Zoo’s animal experts as a zookeeper for a day. Coach Cory, along with the El Paso zookeepers, will be working with animals from Africa. Check it out on social media using the hashtag: #rhionscrashthezoo

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Friday, September 16

WHERE: El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano Dr.

WHY: The El Paso Rhinos and the El Paso Zoo are committed to wildlife conservation across the globe. The Rhinos and the Zoo are working together to make saving wildlife fun. When you visit the Zoo or buy a membership, a portion of those funds go toward worldwide wildlife conservation projects, from protecting giraffes and lions in Africa, to working with elephant and orangutan institutions in Asia to local conservation projects involving Mexican grey wolves, Bolson tortoises and more.