What does a one-year-old Sumatran orangutan like to do? Climb, explore, and climb some more!

Khaleesi is becoming more independent, and her mom, Ibu, is more comfortable letting her explore on her own. Khaleesi is playing on swings, climbing smaller trees and structures. Ibu is always nearby watching Khaleesi and helping her learn!

El Paso Zoo staff have made changes to the orangutan exhibit to help Khaleesi get around as she explores more. Khaleesi and Ibu are on exhibit at the El Paso Zoo Thursday to Sunday. You can see Khaleesi climb on the structures in her exhibit when you visit the Zoo, which include:

  •          a new, special climbing ladder (strong enough for dad, but small enough for Khaleesi!)
  •          new and adjusted fire hoses that are more accessible for little hands
  •          new, lower swinging opportunities for Khaleesi to play on. 

““We will continue to adapt the orangutan habitat as Khaleesi continues to grow, develop and climb independently,” said Collections SupervisorGriselda Martinez. “Climbing independently is a developmental milestoneand Khaleesi seems to be advanced for her age. It’s a fact that Ibu is very bright, and we believe Ibu has taught her well.”

Sumatran Orangutans are native to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, and are found nowhere else in the wild. They are listed as Critically Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Only about 7,000 remain in the wild. 

Click here to watch Khaleesi climb!

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EL PASO, Texas – Ever wonder what the animals at the El Paso Zoo are doing after hours? The El Paso Zoo will begin hosting late evening hours with its Zoo After Howlerspresented by MetroPCS, this Saturday, June 18.

Zoo After Howlers extended hour evenings will be the third Saturday of every summer month: June 18, July 16 and August 20. 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 PRIME the Rockshow from 3 to 5 p.m. and Chuco Soul Project from 6 to 8 p.m. in addition to an interactive stilt walker. Guests will also be able to enjoy regular Zoo activities, including special themed animal programs. The June theme is “Caring for Carnivores” and will include special lion, harris hawk, leopard and ocelot programs. Additionally, the Zoo will host an “Artworks for Change” exhibit with art by the Zoo’s carnivores where guests can be inspired to paint and create their own art.

Favorite Zoo activities, like Meet the Keeper 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 athttp://www.elpasozoo.org/event/5415-zoo-after-howlers-extended-hours.