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El Paso Zoo proposes fee hike for admission and giraffe feeding


POSTED: Friday, July 25, 2014 - 7:34pm

UPDATED: Monday, July 28, 2014 - 1:17pm

The El Paso Zoo is proposing to raise admission prices between $1.50 and $2.00 in order to offset rising operating costs and reductions to the city's general fund.

Adult admission would increase from $10 to $12; rates for active military and senior citizens, currently $7.50, would increase to $9; and children would pay $7.50 to enter, which is up from $6.

Zoo officials are also considering a $1 fee hike for their giraffe-feeding experience, which is currently priced at $2.

"It's a really incredible thing we offer and I know people won't be reluctant to pay more," said Steve Marshall, Director of the El Paso Zoo.

"You're right up at their eye level with the tallest land mammal on the planet. It's really amazing. There are plenty of zoos that offer [giraffe-feeding] for up to $5."

According to Marshall, the zoo is also planning to increase revenue by selling more concession items, including shaved ice and turkey legs. A proposal to sell beer at the zoo was rejected by the City Council.

If they approve the fee hikes, new rates will take effect at the El Paso Zoo on September 1st.

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