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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 elpasozoo.org 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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