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.

EL PASO, Texas –Today, the El Paso City Council approved the construction contract for the El Paso Zoo African Wetlands Red River hog exhibit and holding building to local construction agency Pride General Contractors.
The $557,784 construction project is one of the zoo’s Quality of Life Bond (QOL) projects that will create a new exhibit space for new animals.
Improvements include an interior and exterior behind the scenes living space, a new exhibit area and improvements to the existing wetlands pond exhibit. The exterior space includes shading and a training areas for animals.
Pride General Contractors, LLC is an El Paso general construction company that brings more than 30 years of experience in both small and large scale construction, repair, and alteration projects focusing on commercial, industrial and private contracting.
This Quality of Life Bond project is part of the Zoo’s master plan, which is the framework for moving the Zoo forward in an innovative direction. On November 6, 2012, El Paso voters approved $470 million worth of improvements to parks, libraries, museums, downtown and the El Paso Zoo. The ballot question received an overwhelming 75 percent response in favor of approving the Quality of Life Bond Issue.

EL PASO, Texas – Ever wonder what the animals at the El Paso Zoo are doing after hours? The El Paso Zoo is hosting late evening hours with its Zoo After Howlers, presented by MetroPCS, this Saturday, August 20.

This is the last Zoo After Howlers extended hour evenings this summer. The Zoo will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on these days. Last entrance will be at 7 p.m. Regular admission applies.

Live music and entertainment includes performances by 7th Ave. from 3 to 5 p.m. and Rockabilly Strangers from 6 to 8 p.m. in addition to an interactive stilt walker and evening fire show. Guests will also be able to enjoy regular Zoo activities, including special themed animal programs. The August theme is “Scoop on Poop,” and includes elephant poo paper making demonstrations and poo bio facts where guest can “Match the Feces to the Species.” Additionally, the Zoo will host an “Artworks for Change” exhibit with art by the Zoo’s animals, where guests can be inspired to paint and create their own art.

Favorite Zoo activities, including animal encounters and a special evening giraffe feeding, will occur during the Zoo’s extended evening hours for guests to enjoy.

All attractions will be open for guests. The Hunt Family Desert Spring and Foster Tree House Playground will be available into the evening so the kiddoes 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.

Guests will receive a detailed schedule of events at the gate or can access it at http://bit.ly/2aNPGdJ.