On Wednesday, November 2, the El Paso Zoo will prepare to receive a female Przewalski’s horse from the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington D.C.

The female horse will join Vitalis, one of the El Paso Zoo’s two male Przewalski’s horses, and they will become the zoo’s first breeding pair of Przewalski’s horses.

In anticipation of the arrival of the female horse, the El Paso Zoo will transfer Vladimir, the zoo’s other male Przewalski’s horse, to the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck, North Dakota, where he will also become part of a breeding pair.

The transfer comes as a recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), whose Species Survival Plan® (SSP) works to conserve species such as the Przewalski’s horse through breeding and transfer plans. These plans are designed to empower accredited zoos, such as the El Paso Zoo, to protect and breed endangered animals in order to save them from extinction.

Przewalski’s horses, also called Asian wild horses, are the only truly wild horses remaining in the world. Muscular and stocky, these horses were declared extinct in the wild in the 1960s due to over-hunting and encroaching human settlements. Through the collaborative efforts of AZA-accredited zoos and conservation partners, hundreds of Przewalski’s horses have now begun returning to the wild.

While there are still threats to the Przewalski’s horse’s survival, including climate change and overgrazing by domestic animals, active conservation strategies and breeding initiatives such as these will help ensure a stable, genetically-diverse population that will roam the wild for years to come.

El PASO, Texas – The El Paso Zoo invites the public to El Paso’s WILDEST trick-or-treat in town as it hosts its annual “Boo at the Zoo” from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 29, and Sunday, October 30.

Boo at the Zoo features pumpkin bowling, a creepy crawly glow in the dark bug room, an alligator alley haunted house, Zoo-rassic park, an inflatable bounce house and slide, a Halloween maze, live entertainment, and more! Watch the animals enjoy special Halloween enrichment treats, including pumpkins and piñatas! Guests are invited to wear costumes and enjoy trick-or-treat candy stations and fun fall activities.

The first 2,500 children each day will receive a recyclable trick-or-treat bag. Activities and candy stations are provided at no cost with paid admission (with exception of giraffe feeding, train and carousel rides). This family-friendly event provides a safe environment to have some ZOO-rrific fun while celebrating Halloween.Tickets for the event may be purchased in advance by visiting the zoo between 9:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. until Friday, October 28.

Boo at the Zoo provides only certified sustainable palm oil candy and palm oil free candy at each candy station, provided by Walmart, to bring awareness to wildlife habitat destruction worldwide. As an ingredient, palm oil is found in at least four out of 10 household products. Worldwide palm oil consumption is doubling every 10 years. This oil is produced from palm oil plantations that are cutting down critical wildlife habitat to expand operations, mainly in Malaysia and Indonesia. More than 85 percent of all palm oil globally produced and exported is from Indonesia and Malaysia, where the palm oil industry is linked to major issues such as deforestation, habitat loss, climate change, animal cruelty and human rights abuses. Large-scale deforestation linked to unsustainable palm oil practices is pushing many species to extinction.

Many animals species worldwide connected to the animals at our Zoo- including Asian elephants Savannah and Juno, Sumatran orangutans Ibu, Khaleesi and Butch, and Malayan tigers Seri, Belahat, Melor - could go extinct in the wild if the palm oil industry continues its current practices.

This event is made possible by: Subway, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Neighbors Emergency Center, Banes General Contractors, MetroPCS and El Paso Family Orthodontics.

El PASO, Texas – The El Paso Zoo is sad to report the unexpected death of Sushi, the zoo’s female sea lion, after a brief illness.
 
Zookeepers found Sushi unresponsive yesterday while she was in her behind the scenes pool. Zookeepers and veterinary staff were unable to revive her. The cause of death is not yet known.
Zoo staff are working diligently to determine the cause of death. A full necropsy, histopathology and extensive testing will be performed.
 
“The zoo family is extremely brokenhearted by Sushi’s sudden death. We value the lives of all our animals and work hard to keep them happy and healthy. We know our zoo staff and friends have been able to connect with Sushi over the years. This is a great loss for us all and she will be missed dearly,” said El Paso Zoo Director Steve Marshall.
 
Sushi had been at the zoo since 2004 after being rescued as an abandoned pup in Oceano, California in 1999.
 
She was a favorite for many of the guests at the zoo. Zookeepers who took care of her remember her as a clever, spirited, and very sassy sea lion.
 
She was a great ambassador and helped inform guests about their role in being a good steward of natural resources