December 1, 2016

El Paso is a slice from the Wild West. El Paso Street, the city’s first and oldest street, is old enough to have seen the likes of Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid and others from the lawless days. It was also the street where the infamous “Four Dead In Five Seconds” gunfight took place. 1

The famous statue at Mount Cristo Rey is not a traditional crucifix of Christ. The palms of Christ face downward as a gesture of a blessing. 2

The Tigua Indian Reservation Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in El Paso is one of only two Indian reservations in the whole state. 3

“Ore Diggers” and “Muckers” were some of the names considered for the UTEP teams before they became the beloved “Miners.” 4

Chico’s Tacos has become synonymous with El Paso. Since serving their famous rolled tacos to the people in El Paso, Chico’s has appeared on the Food Network on shows like, “The Best Thing I Ever Ate.” 5 tx monthly credit

San Jacinto Plaza in downtown El Paso used to be the home to alligators in the late 1800s until the 1960s. 6

One of El Paso’s most famous landmarks is the Plaza Theatre hosting Broadway shows since 1930. Today it hosts the Plaza Classic Film Festival, the largest film festival in the world. 7

El Paso is the only major city in Texas that is on Mountain Standard Time.

Franklin Mountains State Park is the largest urban wilderness state park in the country. Visitors have traveled here for years to see the pictograms and mortar pits, which prove its age.


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November 1, 2016

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Brew at the Zoo is El Paso’s WILDEST beer festival – with wine and margaritas and more not beer, too! Brew at the Zoo is hosted by the El Paso Zoological Society.

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Entertainment will be provided by live local acts including Rockabilly Strangers, Canz to Windows, Our Friend the Mountain, Davinci. Late night Zoo guests can enjoy playing Red Cup Olympics, or singing karaoke with Paty Moon. Food will be available for purchase from local food trucks.

Funds raised from this event will contribute to EPZS’s support of capital improvement projects and educational conservation programs including, field trips for low-income schools. The El Paso Zoological Society is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit organization that supports the growth and continued success of the El Paso Zoo. Through this partnership, EPZS has contributed to many major Zoo improvements and programs. Tickets are available now! Buy your tickets online at:

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Attendees receive 12 beer tastes, with more than 100 different beers from more than 25 breweries. Wine, margaritas and favorite brews will be available for purchase.

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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 water feature and the Foster Tree House Playground. 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.

The El Paso Zoo is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). AZA envisions a world where all people respect, value, and conserve animals and nature. Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for yourself, and a better future for all living things. With more than 200 accredited members, AZA is a leader in global wildlife conservation.

The El Paso Zoo is proud to be a department of the City of El Paso.

November 1, 2016

Are you looking for something new … maybe even a little WILD? Join the PRIDE and join the fun at the El Paso Zoo! The Zoo is El Paso’s most-visited local family attraction. With daily interactive animal experiences and WILD encounters, you can take a journey through Africa, Asia and the Americas in just one day. It's not the typical El Paso experience, but, then again, visiting the El Paso Zoo is anything but typical. Locally recognized as the Best Place to Take the Kiddos, the El Paso Zoo sits on 35 acres of fun and adventure for the whole family.

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At the Zoo, you’ll never have the same adventure, but you’ll always have the same fun.

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The Passport to Africa Exhibit showcases exotic species including lions, zebras, giraffes, meerkats, waterfowl and will feature a new Red River hog exhibit this spring. Meet our giraffes AJ, Juma, and Bonsu while feeding them during our Giraffe Encounters (check schedule for days/times & price). Jump on the African Star train to take an adventure around Africa.

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After your train ride, head to the Americas and visit with the California sea lions, spider monkeys, Mexican wolves and a completed Reptile House with 4 new exhibits opening this spring, in addition to an outdoor pond highlighting the Zoo’s turtle collection. A flighted bird show will be coming to the El Paso Zoo! The outdoor Wildlife Theater amphitheater will allow guests to discover the majesty of our animals up close, with the Franklin Mountains as the backdrop.

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Come play! Explore the multi-level Foster Tree House Playground with five tree houses; the tallest rising 16 feet above the ground. Trek through four slides, crazy tunnels, cargo netting and daring bridges. And don’t forget your towel from late spring through fall, so you can take a moment to splash around in the Hunt Family Desert Spring, a family-friendly water feature designed to cool off the kids.

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Take a stroll in Asia to visit Asian elephants, Malayan tigers and more! Meet Khaleesi, the newest little resident to the El Paso Zoo! This baby Sumatran orangutan arrived to new parents Ibu and Butch in April 2015 – and we’re celebrating her first Earth Day Birthday – as part of our new community events.

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While every day is an adventure, these events are the perfect excuse for your family to come get WILD in El Paso. Join us at your favorite Zoo events, like Boo at the Zoo, where kids come to trick or treat and Zoo After Howlers, where the Zoo stays open late during select summer Saturdays. The Zoo hosts: EggstravaganZOO (March), Party for the Planet - an Earth Day Birthday Celebration (April), Reptilia (June), Zoo After Howlers (June, July, August), Boo at the Zoo (October), Santa at the Zoo (December) and more!

Open daily at 9:30 a.m. Ticket booth closes at 4 p.m. Zoo grounds close at 5 p.m. Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission: 3–12 yrs. $7.50; 13–59 yrs. $12; 60 yrs. and older $9; children 2 and under free; active duty military with I.D. $9. For more information and event listings, visit or call (915) 212-0-ZOO (0966). 4001 E. Paisano Dr., 79905. Member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

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November 1, 2016

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October 28, 2016

Boo at the Zoo
The El Paso Zoo will host its annual Boo at the Zoo – El Paso’s WILDEST trick-or-treat in town on October 29 - 30 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. This family-friendly event provides a safe environment to have some ZOO-rrific fun while celebrating Halloween! Enjoy candy stations, games, a maze animal enrichment activities and more!

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Dia de los Muertos Festival
Held at Concordia Cemetery, the annual celebration will begin at 2 pm and run till 8 pm with a screening of the Ghost Adventures episode at 7 pm. Attendees will enjoy food, live music, scavenger hunts, offerings, face painting and much more.

KLAQ Halloween Parade
Beginning and ending at Eastwood Park, the anticipated parade will depart the park at 3:30 pm on Monday and head west. Participants may line up from 10 am to 2:30 pm.


Movies by the Lake
Held at Ascarate Park, Movies by the Lake will have a Halloween theme this year. The animated comedy Hotel Transylvania will show at approximately 8 pm this Friday. The flick will be shown on an inflatable screen set up near the waterfront on the lawn across from the pavilion. Film and park entry are free.

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