ZOO AFTER HOWLERS OFFERS EXTENDED HOUR SATURDAYS THIS SUMMER AT THE EL PASO ZOO 

Zoo to Stay Open Late 3rd Saturday of the Month in June-Aug

 

El Paso, TX (May 30, 2014) – The El Paso Zoo is excited to announce Zoo After Howlers- extended hour evenings this summer on the 3rd Saturday of each month (June- August). The Zoo will extend its hours until 8:30 p.m. on June 21, July 19 and August 16. The Zoo will be open from 9:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. on these days. 

Guests will be able to enjoy Zoo activities in the evening just as if they were here during regular business hours. The Zoo will have animal presentations and encounters (giraffe feeding at 6 p.m.), all attractions will be open and the Passport Café will offer dinner options for guests. 

“We have seen how popular it is to come to the Zoo in the evening when we have other events. We decided it would be a great idea to open the Zoo up for the entire community a few times this summer,” said Steve Marshall, Zoo Director. 

The Hunt Family Desert Spring and Foster Tree House Playground will be open into the evening so that the kiddoes can enjoy. Evening hours will not only offer fun, but will offer families an outing during cooler summer hours.   

“Zoo After Howlers is a unique opportunity for the community to come enjoy the Zoo in the evening. Everyone wonders what the animals are doing after hours and this is their chance to see,” said Karla Martinez, Zoo Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator. 

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.

 Daily regular Zoo hours are 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., year-round. Zoo admission prices are $6 for children, $10 for adults and $7.50 for seniors/active military and spouse.

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)

 

 

EL PASO ZOO GIRAFFE HEADS TO FOSSIL RIM WILDLIFE CENTER IN GLEN ROSE, TEXAS

Mosi Leaves El Paso Zoo on Breeding Recommendation

El Paso, TX (April 23, 2014) – Mosi, one of four male giraffes at the El Paso Zoo will be heading to his new home in Glen Rose, Texas this Friday, April 25. Mosi will be on exhibit for the community to say goodbye until Thursday, April 24. The Zoo is aware that giraffes are favorites among visitors and want to give them the opportunity to see Mosi before he makes the move to his new home.

“Mosi is a favorite of Zoo Keepers in the Africa section of the Zoo and will be missed. However, he will now be living with a group of females which should make him quite happy,” said Dee Nelson, Collections Supervisor.

Mosi’s transfer to Fossil Rim Wildlife Center is a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Green Species Survival Plan® (SSP). The SSP’s mission is to cooperatively manage specific, and typically threatened or endangered species. Species such as the Reticulated-Rothschild giraffes are part of the Green SSP program. This program is for species whose populations are currently sustainable for the long term.

“The reticulated subspecies is down to less than 5,000 from an estimated population of 28,000 in 1998.  As a result, many consider them to be near threatened and, if the trend continues, endangered status will not be far behind,” said Rick LoBello, El Paso Zoo Education Curator.

How are giraffes transported, you ask? Highly specialized giraffe shippers are contracted to make the move. Mosi will be transported in a 13.5 foot tall trailer. The shipper must plan ahead, looking for routes with overpasses and utility lines that are tall enough for the trailer. Although moving a giraffe could be riskier than moving other animals, contracting specialized shippers helps address this risk. The transporter contracted to move Mosi has extensive experience over the last few decades.

 “Sending Mosi to another institution is evidence of how zoos work together to conserve species such as giraffes. Our staff builds a bond with each of our animals but know that this is an important move. We will all miss Mosi and know that he will be given great care at this outstanding accredited zoo,” said Steve Marshall, El Paso Zoo Director.

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 African Star train and the Hunt Family Desert

Spring. 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)

The recently completed EPWU Discovery Education Center is located within the El Paso Zoo. The center features interactive exhibits that teach pre-school through elementary school-aged children about the Chihuahuan desert and water resources. Zoo education specialists and volunteers present an assortment of animal encounter programs for school groups and other visitors.