El Paso, Texas (May 7, 2013) The El Paso Zoo announces the re-opening of the Animals of the Spanish Explorers exhibit at the Cisneros Paraje. The grand re-opening of the exhibit will take place on Saturday, May 11 which will include a live history presentation featuring various Spanish Colonial characters. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in activities of the time and learn what paraje life was like from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday. 

The exhibit was originally opened in 1996 and has now received improvements including the addition of domestic breeds of livestock animals and artifact replicas from the 1600’s and 1700’s. The objective of the exhibit is to help guests imagine what life was like for early explorers traveling through El Paso along the Camino Real. Animals in the exhibit include five domestic breeds of livestock animals, some listed as a heritage breeds in danger of disappearing. Animals include Ossabaw Island hogs, Spanish goats, a Mexican burro, Navajo-Churro sheep, and Santa Cruz Island sheep. Learn more about our local history.



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 (May 1, 2013) The El Paso Zoo is excited to welcome 14-year-old LB, a California sea lion, to the Zoo family. LB is now on exhibit with his new companion, Sushi. He arrived at the Zoo on March 5 and has since been behind the scenes for the regular 30 day quarantine, getting to know his new exhibit and companion, and bonding with staff. 

“We really miss Sunny so we’re excited to see a male sea lion here. We’re glad LB and Sushi both have companions now and we’re looking forward to possibly having pups in the future,” said Area Supervisor Amanda Leverett. 

LB arrived in El Paso with two of his keepers from Gulf Word in Florida. His keepers worked with our staff to make sure that they knew all about him and that they learned all of his training commands- all of which are different than Sunny’s were. 

Keepers learned quickly that LB is very strong-willed, eager to participate in training and that he’s always hungry. LB’s diet currently includes 38 pounds of fish- the equivalent to over 15,000 calories a day. At his quarantine exam, he weighed in at 537 pounds and keepers are working to get him up to 600 pounds. 

LB came to the El Paso Zoo with a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan® (SSP) Program. The Zoo hopes to have success in breeding LB and Sushi to sire pups. 

“We’re very happy to have LB at our Zoo. He is a wonderful addition and we’re excited for the opportunity to have a big male sea lion back at the zoo”, said Zoo Director Steve Marshall. 

Sushi, also 14 years old, has been getting to know her new companion and was excited to welcome him. Sushi has been striving to get LB’s attention by twirling, spinning and swimming rapidly by him in an attempt to get him to chase her. Keepers say it’s very entertaining to observe their dynamic. 

Sushi will continue with the daily sea lion presentations at this time. LB will be off exhibit during presentations. Daily presentations take place daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. 

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 (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).