EL PASO, Texas – The El Paso Zoo is offering advance tickets for its Boo at the Zoo event. This Halloween celebration is 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday October 29 and 30 at the Zoo.
Come to the Zoo between 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. before Oct. 27 to buy advance tickets for Boo at the Zoo!
During the event weekend, there will be a special window designated for advance ticket holders, so you can skip the lines! The Zoo is expecting more than 20,000 visitors to enjoy a fun-filled day with trick-or-treat stations, animal encounters, children’s activities, games, festive decorations and much more!
Advance tickets allow all guests coming to celebrate fall to easily enter the Zoo. Boo at the Zoo provides families a fun and safe recreational opportunity to celebrate Halloween – along with the Zoo’s exotic and wild residents, the animals!
EL PASO, Texas – There are not many instances where building a barrier bridges a community. But for Mexican grey wolves denning in the Deep Creek Allotment of the Gila Wilderness, a fence is exactly what isneeded.
Staff from the El Paso Zoo, along with Defenders of Wildlife, WildEarth Guardians and New Mexico State University students helped build wolf boundary fence in the Gila Wilderness over the weekend. The fence ensures cattle do not trespass on the Deep Creek Allotment. This part of the Gila National Forest’s Reserve Ranger District was retired from livestock grazing in 2014. Reducing cattle and wolf conflicts is vital to wild wolf recovery, as encounters usually end badly for wolves, with wolves being removed from the wild or even shot.
“This is why we do what we do. We take care of animals every day, and even though you think you may not be making a difference, you have to look at the big picture,” said senior keeper Kristilee Kodis. “Field conservation work isn’t just about building a fence – it’s about building relationships between the community and all the people who love the land and the animals who live there.”
The Mexican gray wolf was one of the first animals on exhibit when the Zoo was founded in 1910. Mexican wolves hold a special place in the hearts of staff because they are native to the Chihuahuan desert. The Mexican gray wolf, or “lobo,” is one of the most endangered mammals in North America. By the mid-1980s, hunting, trapping, and poisoning caused the extinction of lobos in the wild, with only a handful remaining in zoos. Because of populations in zoos, Mexican grey wolves were reintroduced into the wild on March 29, 1998 after being extinct for more than 30 years.
EL PASO, Texas –The El Paso Zoo and El Paso Rhinos Hockey are teaming up to help save wildlife worldwide with Round Up. Round Up allows guest who purchase concessions or gifts to donate their change to the nearest dollar to help save wildlife, both at the Zoo and the Rhinos games.
When you round up your purchase, you round up support to make a difference! Your Round Up change has raised more than $18,000 to help wildlife since 2015. Now, when you round up at the Zoo or the Rhinos Hockey games, you can continue to support field conservation efforts for bolson tortoises, African lions, Sumatran orangutans and black rhinos – both at the Zoo, and at the Rhinos hockey games.
“Every time you visit the Zoo, you help save wildlife,” Zoo Director Steve Marshall said. “This program and this partnership guests another way to directly make a difference by contributing to saving wildlife worldwide.”
The El Paso Zoo has supported worldwide conservation efforts through the Round Up program, including bolson tortoises, African lions, Sumatran orangutans and more in addition to funding wildlife conservation projects for almost 15 years.
“World Rhino Day is the perfect opportunity to share with the community how their support helps us save wildlife,” said Rhinos Hockey Coach and General Manager Cory Herman. “No matter who you are, or how small your contribution, you can help make a difference.”
El Paso Rhinos Hockey “adopted” Tatenda, a black rhino in the care of the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force, in 2008. The Rhinos have also contributed and sponsored the El Paso del Norte American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) Bowling for Rhinos fundraiser, which is a national effort to help with rhino conservation.