EL PASO, Texas – The El Paso Zoo’s male wolf, Zephyr, and female wolves Ivy and Ash are now together as one pack! This wolves are now sharing two exhibit spaces at the Zoo.

Improvements to the shared exhibit include a fallen log and railroad trestle run, and opening at the bottom of the arroyo in the exhibit. These improvements, which were constructed by Zoo staff, allow the wolves to freely run through the two spaces together as a pack.

A planned introduction process allowed Zephyr, who came to the El Paso Zoo in March, to join Ash and Ivy’s pack slowly. Zephyr was slowly be introduced to the females, first by smell, then sound then sight. He first me the female wolves through a mesh partition so he could see them and have protected interaction with them. After behavioral observations, research and creating specialized plans for the individual animals, the wolves are now together. 

This is National Wolf Awareness week, which highlights the vital role wolves play in our native ecosystems.

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. El Paso Zoo conservation efforts include putting boots on the ground in the Gila Wilderness repairing fence line to directly mitigate livestock and human conflicts, in addition to helping fund and support wolf recovery programs. When you come visit the new wolf pack at the Zoo, you directly contribute to conservation efforts. 

Though the Zoo will not breed Zephyr, Ash and Ivy, the Zoo remains an important holding facility for non-breeding wolves. The Zoo has contributed to reproductive research, including semen collection and egg vitrification, which prove promising for the future Mexican grey wolf population.

 “It is hoped the new, pending recovery plan that is due to be completed by November of 2107 will be able to more firmly establish the recovery of the Mexican wolf in the wild and help enhance the genetic diversity of the wolves in those packs,” said Animal Curator John Kiseda.

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. 

See how the El Paso Zoo staff is helping save wolves in the wild! Click here!

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!

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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.

Read more in our field notes on the Take Action blog thanks to Enrichment Coordinator Carrie!