Newest addition to the Zoo was designed to engage and delight young adventurers 


El Paso, TX (March 6, 2014) The El Paso Zoo is gearing up for Spring break, the zoo' s busiest week all year. This year's new attraction is sure to add adventure and excitement for every visitor. The Foster Tree House Playground will open for the first time on Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 9:30 a.m. 

The five tree houses are blended into a natural setting for an imagination-filled, "free-play" and the tallest rises up to 16 feet off the ground. The playground provides kids of all ages a 360 degree view of the surrounding area, four slides, a crazy tunnel, log climbers and cargo netting. Tree house explorers will be able to create a whole new adventure. This playground is unique, and nothing like it can be found anywhere else in the southwest. 

The Foster Tree House Playground is located next to the Hunt Family Desert Spring splash pad, an interactive water play area which features dancing water, gushers, spray tunnels, tower sprays, pop-its and more, will also open for the season this Saturday. From March 8- 16, spring breakers will be able to enjoy daily Giraffe Encounters (public giraffe feeding) at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. as well as special programming to include animal training presentations throughout the day. For special programming times and locations, visit www.elpasozoo.org. The African Star Train and carousel will be open daily at 10 a.m. for additional family fun. Come play at the El Paso Zoo! 

The Zoo's cafes offer delicious eats and treats for all to enjoy including Starbucks brand coffee, iced coffee and a variety of Tazo teas. Local favorites such as corn in the cup, spiral potatoes, churros and more are available for all to savor. 

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).
Program Encourages Community Stewardship by Training Volunteers to Report Frogs and Toads in Local Wetlands 

​El Paso, TX (March 31, 2014) – The El Paso Zoo, in cooperation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), is offering in-person chapter coordinator training workshops throughout the country with the support of National Science Foundation grant funding. A workshop will be offered at the El Paso Zoo on Saturday, May 3. Register Online

Registration closes on April 23 at 3p.m. Mountain Time. Additional workshops are being scheduled and online coordinator training courses are also available.

Amphibians play an important role in the health of ecosystems. As a result of habitat destruction, pollution, environmental changes, and other factors, more than 1/3 of the world's amphibian species are facing the largest mass extinction since the dinosaurs. Take action and celebrate the “spring forward” time change by engaging in amphibian conservation in your community. 

FrogWatch USATM is a citizen science program dedicated to collecting information about frog and toad populations, raising awareness about amphibians and wetlands, and engaging the public in science. FrogWatch USA volunteers have been collecting data on the frogs and toads heard calling in local wetlands during evenings from February through August since 1998, and together contribute to a long-term, large-scale effort to gather information on species presence, habitat use, and changes over time. Previously abundant amphibian populations have experienced dramatic population declines in the United States, and the data collected by citizens scientists can help understand the scope, geographic scale, and causes of population declines to inform conservation and research efforts. 

You do not have to be a frog or toad expert to make an important contribution. There are more than 100 FrogWatch USA chapters across the nation available to train and support volunteers. Join a local chapter and learn how to identify frogs and toads by their unique breeding calls, select a wetland monitoring site, and collect and submit data. Data are input online to a nationwide data entry and visualization system which is readily accessible by anyone with an interest in frogs and toads. FrogWatch USA’s online data entry, mapping, and analysis system is powered by FieldScope, a platform developed by the National Geographic Society for citizen science projects. Locate a chapter on the interactive chapter map, or use other maps, graphs, and calling calendar visualizations to determine when species are likely to be heard calling, compare observations over time, and examine how species compositions change across regions. Learn more about data collection, entry, and visualization by visiting www.aza.org/frogwatch. 

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 (April 29, 2013) The El Paso Zoo is proud to announce that it was granted accreditation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). Jim Maddy, President and CEO of AZA, will be presenting Mayor John Cook with the accreditation plaque during the City Council meeting on April 30, 2013.

"This is another great milestone for the El Paso Zoo. I believe it is an affirmation by this accrediting body that the zoo is serving our community well by meeting or exceeding the highest standards of animal care, delivering a valued family experience, and providing an important educational resource," said Zoo Director Steve Marshall.

To receive the accreditation, the Zoo underwent a thorough review that includes a detailed accreditation application as well as a multiple day on-site inspection by a team of experts from around the country. The inspection evaluates the Zoo to ensure it meets AZA’s standards for animal management and care, including loving environments, social groupings, health and nutrition as well as enrichment. Additionally, the Accreditation Commission also evaluates the veterinary program, involvement in conservation and research, education programs, safety policies and procedures, security, physical facilities, guest services, the quality of the institution's staff, the institution's finances, its governing authority, and its support organization.

The El Paso Zoo must keep up with AZA's standards and evolving changes to remain accredited and will go through the entire accreditation process in five years.

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).