El PASO, Texas – The El Paso Zoo is currently looking for volunteers. The Zoo is open 362 days a year, closed only on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day, and volunteers are an integral part in helping keep the Zoo operable year round.
The Zoological Society continually seeks enthusiastic, friendly, dependable individuals that care about animals and environmental conservation. The Volunteer Program is open to individuals of all ages, 18 and up. However, we are currently focused on finding volunteers who are available year-round as well as retired and senior volunteers. We want people to know “You’re never too old to monkey around.”
“It’s been an incredible experience here at the Zoo,” said Tom Marsden a current volunteer. “When I retired, I enjoyed my time off, but I still wanted to contribute somewhere. I started volunteering with the Zoo, and I’ve had so much fun. I’ve had the opportunity to provide tours, help with education presentations, and help Zoo staff with event projects. I love it.”
EL PASO, Texas – The El Paso Zoo welcomed two peninsular pronghorn fawns to the herd. The mother, Martina, gave birth to one female (Cayenne) and one male (Pequin), and both are healthy and doing well. This is just three weeks after our pronghorn Princessa gave birth to a male fawn, Bowser.
“When it comes to protecting the peninsular pronghorn species, this fawning stage is monumental,” said Zoo Director Steve Marshall. “Bowser’s doing great, and we’re going to keep an eye on the two fawns and their mother so we can have the same success with them.” The two fawns and their mother are being monitored by Zoo staff, and all pronghorns at the Zoo will be observed closely throughout fawning season.
Peninsular pronghorns are currently listed as “critically endangered” in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. This makes this species one category before “extinct.” The El Paso Zoo is active in their home range conservation efforts. All of the El Paso Zoo’s peninsular pronghorn births are part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) to aid in the species’ conservation.
“The El Paso Zoo has over 20% of the managed peninsular pronghorn population in the United States,” said Marshall. “The births we have here are critical for the continuation of the species. I’m just incredibly proud of our team and our community for being able to play a pivotal role in saving these animals from extinction.”
The peninsular pronghorns at the Zoo serve as an example of the three things we want the community to know about the El Paso Zoo:
(1) The Zoo is actively saving wildlife from extinction through its conservation work at the zoo and in the field.
(2) The Zoo provides excellent and expert care for animals, prioritizing their welfare and wellbeing.
(3) The Zoo acts and communicates with the purpose of inspiring people to value wild animals, taking responsibility for their safeguarding and action for their stability.
El PASO, Texas – The El Paso Zoo staff is saddened over the loss of 14-year-old Mexican gray wolf, Ash. Ash and her sister Ivy were born at the Columbus Zoo, transferred to the Cincinnati Zoo, and both were later transferred to the El Paso Zoo.
“I’ve been at the Zoo for over 15 years, so I’ve watched Ash and Ivy grow as part of the Zoo family,” said Area Supervisor Tony Zydonyk. “Ash was a longtime resident, and I know all of us are going to miss her, especially the keepers in her area.”
Ash had a number of common age-related health issues, including arthritis in her knees and back, that were being managed by the Animal Care and Veterinary teams. Because medical intervention was no longer able to overcome her declining condition, the Zoo’s animal care team determined that euthanasia was the most humane option. Ash’s sister, Ivy, passed away last month, and pathology results are still pending to determine her cause of death. Both had exceeded the life expectancy for Mexican gray wolves under human care. Our 11-year-old, male Mexican wolf, Zephyr, appears to be in good health.
The El Paso Zoo has worked diligently in efforts to conserve the Mexican wolf. In addition to the wolves that currently live at the Zoo, the Zoo has sponsored various Mexican wolf conservation efforts, and recently, Zoo staff worked with the Turner Endangered Species Fund (TESF) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to vaccinate, examine and treat eleven Mexican wolves that were released into the wild.
The Mexican gray wolf in our care serves as an example of the three things we want the community to know about the El Paso Zoo: (1) The Zoo provides excellent and expert care for animals, prioritizing their welfare and wellbeing. (2) The Zoo is actively saving wildlife from extinction through its conservation work at the zoo and in the field. (3) The Zoo acts and communicates with the purpose of inspiring people to value wild animals, taking responsibility for their safeguarding and action for their stability.