EL PASO, Texas – On Saturday, October 22, the El Paso Zoo said goodbye to its seven female Thomson’s gazelles, who began their journey to the San Diego Zoo. On May 17, 2016, the Zoo’s four male Thomson’s gazelles were also transferred and are now living at the North Carolina Zoological Park.
“We are very happy to know the gazelles all went to such highly-respected zoos,” El Paso Zoo Director Steve Marshall said. “As an Association of Zoos & Aquariums-accredited zoo, ensuring the animals’ continued welfare is one of our top priorities.”
The El Paso Zoo’s gazelle exhibit first opened in 2010. For six years, the African savannah exhibit was home to a healthy herd of Thomson’s gazelles. As herd dynamics changed with multiple births, the Zoo determined that the exhibit design was better suited to a more hearty type of African hoof stock.
With the departure of the gazelles, the Zoo will begin the process of determining which new animals to welcome to the African savannah exhibit. Some animals being considered are addax, eland and oryx.
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