BOOTHS AVAILABLE AT EL PASO ZOO’S BUG AWARENESS EVENT ON AUG 2-3

El Paso, TX (June 26, 2014)- The El Paso Zoo is looking for businesses interested in hosting a booth at the Zoo’s Bug Awareness event on August 2-3, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Booths are available for $200 for the 2-day event. 

The Zoo expects over 5,000 guests during the course of the weekend. Zoo events are the perfect setting for businesses interested in promoting their business to local families.  This is also a wonderful opportunity for businesses to promote their conservation message while supporting the Zoo. 

Booths will be filled on a first come, first serve basis. The sale of items and distribution of promotional items other than literature (handouts/pamphlets) is not permitted.

If you are a conservation-minded organization interested in to participating, please contact us for more information about how you can get involved. To reserve your booth or for general information, contact Cheyenne Garcia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (915) 521-1894.

Visit elpasozoo.org for information about this and other events and to find out how you can help the Zoo.

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).

Media Contact: Karla Martinez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (915) 740-0033 (cell)

BLACK-TAILED PRAIRIE DOG PUPS ON EXHIBIT AT EL PASO ZOO

Three and Counting!

El Paso, TX (May 16, 2014) – The El Paso Zoo is welcoming the growth of the Black-tailed prairie dog colony. Last week, staff noticed a couple of prairie dog pups on exhibit and have since been keeping an eye out to determine how many were born. Three pups have been confirmed with the possible sighting of another.

“We have noticed that the pups are becoming independent but occasionally still check in with mom. They like to show off the food that they have gathered,” said Kenny Riley, Area Senior Keeper.

Staff is estimating that the pups were born mid to late March. Just this week, the third pup was spotted and staff believe they may have seen a fourth.

Typically, prairie dog pups don’t emerge until they are about six weeks old. Staff is unsure of how many were born but we will continue to monitor the exhibit. With the addition of the three pups, there are 18 prairie dogs on exhibit. But, we are still counting!

The pups are currently on exhibit for visitors to see during their visit. They tend to be out on exhibit in the afternoon around 3 p.m. and visitors can distinguish the pups by their size as well as their shiny new coat.

Although they stand at only 30 cm (12 in.) high and weigh about 1 kg (1-3 lb.), black-tailed prairie dogs make a substantial impact on the ecosystem of the North American plains. Prairie dogs are considered a “keystone” species because their colonies create islands of habitats that benefit approximately 150 other species. 

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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Media Contact: Karla Martinez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (915) 740-0033 (cell)

PENINSULAR PRONGHORN FAWNS NOW ON EXHIBIT AT THE EL PASO ZOO

Birth Significant for Species; Species in Only Four Zoos in the United States

 

El Paso, TX (May 23, 2014) – Four Peninsular pronghorn fawns are now on exhibit at the El Paso Zoo for guests to visit. Two sets of twins were born at the Zoo; Mario and Peach were born on April 9 and Luigi and Yoshi on May 3.  The fawns and their mothers, Martina and Princess, have been off exhibit to allow the fawns to bond with their mothers and get used to their new exhibit. 

“Yoshi and Luigi, the younger fawns, are quite energetic and like running around the exhibit. The older fawns have already learned to look after them and herd them around,” said Kenny Riley, Area Senior Keeper.

Keepers have been working to ensure that the fawns are comfortable in their area. Both pairs of twins are becoming comfortable with keepers and even come as close as three feet from them.

The El Paso Zoo is one of only four zoos in the United States involved in the management of endangered peninsular pronghorns. Only 250 remain in the wild and 28 live in Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accredited zoos with the El Paso Zoo housing 25% of the population.

“It’s incredible to have this species at our Zoo for guests to see and learn about. We have made the commitment to work with a few other zoos in the U.S. to help save this rare desert species that is critically endangered,” said Steve Marshall, El Paso Zoo Director.

 

Pronghorns are among the world’s fastest land animals, with the ability to run up to 40-60 mph. Their running ability nearly rivals the speed of the cheetah clocked at up to 70 mph.Pronghorns have survived in North America since the Pleistocene age (10,000 to 1.8 million years ago) when they lived during the time of extinct ground sloths, short-faced bears, tapirs, camels and mammoths.

The 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.  Peninsular pronghorns are recognized as critically endangered.

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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 Media Contact: Karla Martinez, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., (915) 740-0033 (cell)