El Paso, Texas (May 31, 2013) El Paso, Texas (May 31, 2013) – The El Paso Zoo welcomes twin slow lorises born at the Zoo on April 26. The babies born to Zoo residents Steven Tyler and Kym Ly have not yet been named, but have been identified as one female and one male. 

At birth, the male slow loris weighed in at 25 grams and the female weighed in at 27 grams. 25 grams is equivalent to about 2 tablespoons of white sugar. 

“We are excited about our first birth of pygmy slow lorises at the Zoo, especially because they are twins. It’s evident that through our staff’s hard work and dedication, this has been a successful birth,” said Collections Supervisor Griselda Martinez. 

This is the first birth for both Kym Ly and Steven Tyler. Staff worked with Kym Ly through positive reinforcement training so that they could monitor her through the pregnancy. Kym Ly learned many commands including how to hold steady for radiographs and exams, how to present her abdomen and mammary glands, among other things. Staff is already working with the babies to learn how to climb on a branch to be weighed so that staff doesn’t have to touch them. 

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. Pygmy slow lorises are currently listed as “vulnerable” in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species™. 

Mom and babies are now on exhibit for visitors to see. Visitors may have a hard time seeing them in their exhibit because they are nocturnal animals and they may be sleeping in clinging to mom, in their hammock, deep baskets or nest boxes. 

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) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/theelpasozoo).
El Paso, Texas (September 25, 2013) El Paso Zoo's Asian elephant, Savannah, turning 61 years old this month, is receiving special care from staff at the El Paso Zoo. Savannah is currently receiving treatment to help her with stiffness in her left elbow. 

"Joint problems are common in geriatric animals. We are committed to continuing to tailor Savannah's care to keep her comfortable and do all we can for this and any other problems that arise as she gets older," said Zoo Veterinarian Victoria Milne. 

The median life expectancy of a female Asian elephant is about 47 years. According to records, only three other female Asian elephants in North America are older than Savannah. 

Visitors may notice Savannah swinging her leg outward to walk, but staff says she isn't showing signs of pain. She continues to lay down on sand mounds in her indoor living quarters and outdoor habitat. Sand mounds make it easier for elephants to lay down and get up. 

Savannah has been receiving traditional and alternative treatments such as hydrotherapy and laser therapy as well as joint supplements and, on occasion, anti-inflammatory medication caused by arthritis. The hydrotherapy consists of warm water applied to the affected area three times daily. The Zoo's Veterinarian gives her laser therapy every other day with a therapeutic cold laser applied to the area around her elbow. The laser activates cells locally to decrease inflammation and pain and improves cellular metabolism. The laser used for Savannah is made for animals and is applied to specific accupoints to help her elbow joints. 

Her zoo keepers have also been working with her more, adding training sessions to help her with stretching, flexibility and mobility. Savannah continues to cooperate with daily training, which includes presenting her feet and ears to keepers and has continued with her normal daily activities. 

"She's enjoying the extra attention and she's motivated to get better; that's why we're working with her so much," said Elephant Area Supervisor Gabriel Moya. "She has to want to take part in the treatment; we don't make her do anything. After all, she's 8,000 pounds." 

Animal care staff will continue to monitor Savannah's progress and her treatment. Staff has noticed that she's getting the best results from stretching, but they will continue with the therapies as long as they see progress. She has been receiving these therapies for about three weeks.

"We do not expect an overnight response with this type of problem, it's going to take a while to determine if the hydrotherapy and laser therapies are working," said Zoo Associate Veterinarian Misty Garcia. 

For now, Savannah and Juno, the Zoo's other female elephant, will be in separate areas of their exhibit. They have access to see each other and touch each other through doors, but will not have full contact to allow Savannah to heal. 

Asian elephants are listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List. 



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) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/theelpasozoo).
Xerxes Moving to Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle

​El Paso, TX (February 28, 2014) – Male African lion, Xerxes, will be leaving the El Paso Zoo on Thursday, March 6, 2014, to move to Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle, Washington. Xerxes will be on exhibit through Tuesday, March 4. The Zoo is inviting the community to come see Xerxes and his sisters before he leaves.
 
“We know that our community loves Xerxes and we want to invite them to come and say goodbye. This is an important move for the conservation of his species and we are all going to miss him,” said Steve Marshall, El Paso Zoo Director.
 
Staff members from the Woodland Park Zoo, including the Mammal Curator, will be transporting him to Seattle. They will be bringing a male African lion named Rudo, who will stay to live at the El Paso Zoo with our three females- Malaika, Kalliope and Zari.
 
The transfer of both lions is a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP). The SSP’s mission is to conserve species such as the African lion. They are currently listed as vulnerable in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species TM. This recommendation was made because our females are Xerxes’ sisters.
 
“All of the staff in the Africa section of the Zoo will miss Xerxes- he kind of grew up with us. He’s going to a good home and the young male we are receiving is a good match for our females,” said Dee Nelson, Collections Supervisor.
 
Rudo, the male arriving at the El Paso Zoo next week, will not be visible to visitors because he will be in quarantine, a routine practice at zoos, for at least 30 days. After his quarantine, zoo management and keepers will work to slowly introduce Rudo to the females before he goes out on exhibit with them. Slow introductions are a common practice throughout zoos for the safety and well-being of the animals. 

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) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/theelpasozoo).