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EL PASO ZOO TO RE-OPEN ANIMALS OF THE SPANISH EXPLORERS EXHIBIT ON SATURDAY, MAY 11 AT 10 A.M.

El Paso, Texas (May 7, 2013) The El Paso Zoo announces the re-opening of the Animals of the Spanish Explorers exhibit at the Cisneros Paraje. The grand re-opening of the exhibit will take place on Saturday, May 11 which will include a live history presentation featuring various Spanish Colonial characters. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in activities of the time and learn what paraje life was like from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The exhibit was originally opened in 1996 and has now received improvements including the addition of domestic breeds of livestock animals and artifact replicas from the 1600’s and 1700’s. The objective of the exhibit is to help guests imagine what life was like for early explorers traveling through El Paso along the Camino Real. Animals in the exhibit include five domestic breeds of livestock animals, some listed as a heritage breeds in danger of disappearing. Animals include Ossabaw Island hogs, Spanish goats, a Mexican burro, Navajo-Churro sheep, and Santa Cruz Island sheep. Learn more about our local history.



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. 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. For more information, visit elpasozoo.org. For news and exclusive content, follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/elpasozoo) and YouTube (www.youtube.com/user/theelpasozoo).

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