EL PASO ZOO ANIMALS SHOW OFF THEIR ARTISTIC SIDE
Animal enrichment, Arts & Crafts Activities and More!
The El Paso Zoo will be hosting Color Coated Animal Art Gallery & Enrichment Days from March 16- 24 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Visitors will have the opportunity to see art painted by the Zoo’s wildly artistic animals. Works displayed are from a variety of animal residents at the zoo including Ibu the Sumatran Orangutan; Juno and Savannah the Asian Elephants; Pete the Gila Monster; the Meerkat Mob and many more.
“We’re looking forward to sharing these animal paintings with the community. The paintings are quite impressive! You won’t want to miss out on this event,” said Marketing and Public Relations Coordinator Karla Martinez.
Painting is a part of the Zoo’s enrichment program which is designed and specialized to meet each species’ needs which provide daily challenges and experiences similar to those they would encounter in the wild, such as, encountering new scents and novel food items. The painting process is one of many enrichment activities for animals at the zoo.
“Enrichment is a vital part to animal care and we are continually coming up with new ways to keep our animals stimulated. These paintings demonstrate several of our enrichment techniques and can also connect zoo guests to our animals in a very unique way. Hopefully these connections will encourage people to take action in conservation efforts,” said Enrichment Coordinator CarrieTrudeau.
During the event, zoo animals will receive piñatas, flowers (made of tissue paper) and some of their favorite fruits throughout the week for visitors to watch as they enjoy (or devour) their special treats. Hands-on pet enrichment demonstrations will take place twice a day (10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.) for visitors to learn how to make enrichments for their own pets. Arts & crafts will also be available for children.
Entry to the art gallery and activities are included with regular zoo admission.
Other activities for families to enjoy: Hunt Family Desert Spring Splash Pad, African Star Train ($1.50 for kids/members, $2 for adults), Giraffe Encounters (11 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. – require $2 token), free daily animal training presentations and animal encounters.