El Paso Zoo opens new attraction

El Paso Zoo opens new attraction. Credit: El Paso Zoo Zoological Society

The El Paso Zoo is opening a new attraction.

The zoo announced the opening of a new Asia Gateway featuring the Hunt Family Endangered Species Carousel.

“This project was my first project here at the zoo, and I was amazed at the coordination it took and how much all of the vested parties care so much for our zoo,” said Lili Gutierrez, capital projects administrator at the zoo.

The carousel is a gift from the El Paso Zoological Society.

It will feature 30 hand-painted animals representing endangered species around the world.

As guests make their way into the plaza, they will walk past two southeastern Asian temple ruins and continue under 24-foot-high penjor arches with six hanging metal baskets.

The plaza has a grass lawn, trees, benches and a moon gate.

The zoo broke ground on the new Asia Gateway on October 20, 2017. It is the most recent improvement funded by the city of El Paso’s 2012 Quality of Life Bond.

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