ABOUT US

The El Paso Zoological Society is the support organization for the El Paso Zoo.

Founded in 1963, the Zoological Society is a 501 c (3) non-profit organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors and supported by local donors. It is not a part of the City of El Paso, but a separate legal entity. Donations are tax-deductible in whole or in part.

MISSION STATEMENT

The El Paso Zoological Society is a vital partner to the El Paso Zoo, essential to its growth and success, advocating for the Zoo in the Community, and providing capital fundraising, operational support, membership and volunteer services.

ENVISIONING THE FUTURE

The El Paso Zoological Society and the El Paso Zoo embrace a strong partnership in building a premier recreational destination in our City. We work closely to develop meaningful programs and engaging exhibits that emphasize conservation and an appreciation for wildlife and healthy ecosystems.

The El Paso Zoo creates memories, reinforces values, and ignites passion for nature and life that elevate the imagination, bringing the world to west Texas and allowing over 350,000 visitors per year to experience animals from around the globe. The Zoo reinforces students’ classroom lessons, provides families with a venue for exploration and wonder, and grows an understanding of our ability to conserve locally for global impact.

Supporting the El Paso Zoo through the Zoological Society strengthens our community’s number-one attraction and enriches the essence of this great city.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Pam Agullo, President

Yvonne Ojeda, President Elect

Elena Tejeda, Vice President

Frank Nugent, Jr., Treasurer

Liz Fowlkes, Secretary

Scarlett Mercer, Board Development

Michaela Ainsa, Fundraising

Shea Herman, Fundraising

Richard Behrenhausen, Advisory

Sarah Byrne

Jose ‘Pepe’ De Alba

Wendy Lanski

Leyla Zeidan Safa

James Schichtl

Monica Spencer

Joe Montisano, ex-officio

STAFF

Renee Neuert – Chief Executive Officer

Beatriz Uranga – Chief Operations Officer

Olivia Christine Siqueiros – Special Events & Social Media Manager

Mariana Hernandez – Programming Administrator

Alejandra Aburto – Membership Manager

Danni Nungaray – Membership Clerk

Yvian Rodriguez –  Membership Clerk

Maria Montoya – Assistant Volunteer Coordinator