Birth Date: May-28-1999
Price: $50 /month
Rio was donated to the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary from the El Paso Zoo for Education and Conservation purposes. With Rio’s help, being an endangered native Texas cat, we will be able to educate people about the conservation efforts being made to bring a viable population of this beautiful, endangered native species back into the state of Texas. Rio was retired from the Species Survival Plan (SSP) from the El Paso Zoo. According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the goal of the SSP is to manage specific and threatened/endangered species population within AZA accredited Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), Certified Related Facilities and Approved Non-Member Participants. Currently, there are more than 300 SSP Programs within the AZA. Many of these Programs represent species that urgently need to be conserved and protected in the wild.
Rio started off a little shy, but with the help of our Emotional Enrichment Program
, she has opened up to her care takers. She enjoys exploring her habitat during the late afternoon and evening hours.