“Boo at the Zoo” brings awareness to conservation efforts

El Paso News

The El Paso Zoo is getting ready to celebrate Halloween this Saturday and Sunday with “Boo at the Zoo.” The event helps bring awareness to conservation efforts.

About 17,000 guests are expected to visit the zoo over the weekend.

“This has been going on for a decade already and it’s grown over the years,” said Jay Mendoza, the marketing and customer relations coordinator for El Paso Zoo.

Families can do everything from fun activities to watching animals enjoy enrichment treats like pumpkins they can smash and eat, and pinatas they can break into.

It’s also a time for the zoo to show families conservation efforts. 

“It’s not just about the candy. It’s the education experience that we offer the community,” said Mendoza.

One of the topics includes the use of palm oil.

“The candy that we are given away at the zoo, we make sure it is orangutan friendly candy,” said Mendoza.

The candy is either palm oil free or made with certified sustainable palm oil. According to El Paso Zoo, most palm oil is produced from areas where wildlife habitat is being destroyed pushing many species to extinction. Palm oil is not just found in food but in many common household items. The zoo suggest people can help with conservation efforts by avoiding products with palm oil. 

“This is impactful and it’s a way to make Halloween mean something,” said Mendoza.

The event is covered with regular admission. Guests are invited to dress up in their Halloween costumes. There will also be live music as well as a haunted house and a bounce house. For more details visit the El Paso Zoo website.

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