Take flight, El Paso! The El Paso Zoo Wildlife Amphitheater is a state-of-the-art facility that will be home a world-renowned free flight bird show, sure to amaze and inspire the El Paso community. Wings of the World shows will begin Saturday, December 17. Shows will take place at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. on weekends and 2 p.m. on weekdays.
In addition, the theater will be a place for guests to engage and learn in a whole new way through animal encounters, educational programs, concerts, and much more!
The Wildlife Amphitheater will also be home to the Wings of the World bird show, sponsored by Paul and Alejandra Foster. Wings of the World is a world-renowned free flight bird show and will be a one-of-a-kind opportunity for Zoo guests to experience the majesty of animals as they swoop, soar, and dive through the air. The show will be led by Joe Krathwohl – known as The Birdman® – who has dedicated himself to the care and preservation of birds and has developed the largest free flight bird show in the world (and the only show featuring trained condors and cassowary!).
The Wildlife Amphitheater is one of the many exciting Quality of Life Bond projects that has now been completed. As part of the 2012 Quality of Life Bond program, The El Paso Zoo was approved for $50 million to complete a 10-year master plan that will allow the Zoo to continue to be an engaging place of discovery, a respected center for informal environmental education, a contributor to stewardship-based conservation action – and a destination for great fun!
Get your jingle bells ready and “jungle” all the way … to see SANTA at the ZOO, presented by Neighbors Emergency Center! Santa will be at the Zoo on December 10 and 11, checking on his El Paso toy workshop and ringing in the holiday season with all your favorite Zoo animals! While you’re here, play in the fluffy snow and write your holiday wish list – we’ll mail it directly to the North Pole!
With the year coming to a close, we have our own, short wish list: it is our wish that you had a wonderful year of memories with us here at the El Paso Zoo! Watching Khaleesi turn 1-year old on her Earth Day Birthday, opening the scaly, not scary, new Texas tortoise-shaped Reptile House, introducing you to Pipkin, Acorn, and Big Wig, the new Red River Hogs – sharing and making memories with you is our favorite, during the holidays and every day!
In the spirit of this season of thankfulness and celebration, we want to take a moment to thank you for your continual support of our community Zoo and the El Paso Zoological Society! Because of your support, and the collaboration with the El Paso Zoological Society, we are able to develop meaningful programs and engaging exhibits that promote conservation and cultivate an appreciation for wildlife and healthy ecosystems. Together, we are engaging and inspiring children and families to make a positive impact on the natural world around them.
We have so many new exciting projects and animals coming your way in 2017 and we couldn’t do it without your support! From a thrilling new flighted bird show and state-of-the-art wildlife theater, to new animals, expanded field conservation efforts, and exciting community events, there are so many ways for you to discover – or rediscover – everything that makes the Zoo El Paso’s Most-Visited Family Attraction during the coming year!
Where else in the borderland can a child see, hear, and feel what it’s like to be on the plains of Africa, connecting to wildlife by feeding a giraffe? Where else can a child experience the wonder of being an endangered Sumatran orangutan first-hand? And, this December – where else can a child frolic in the snow before running through the rainforest?
We invite you to join us this holiday season, for an unforgettable celebration with Santa and your WILDEST friends. Santa at the Zoo will feature carolers, special “presents” and holiday enrichment treats for the animals to enjoy, and much more!
For more information, visit www.elpasozoo.org.
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.
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.
The Tigua Indian Reservation Ysleta del Sur Pueblo in El Paso is one of only two Indian reservations in the whole state.
“Ore Diggers” and “Muckers” were some of the names considered for the UTEP teams before they became the beloved “Miners.”
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.”
San Jacinto Plaza in downtown El Paso used to be the home to alligators in the late 1800s until the 1960s.
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.
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.
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.
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: https://www.classy.org/el-paso/events/brew-at-zoo/e93171
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.
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.
At the Zoo, you’ll never have the same adventure, but you’ll always have the same fun.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 elpasozoo.org or call (915) 212-0-ZOO (0966). 4001 E. Paisano Dr., 79905. Member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).