About Rick

Hello everyone,

Here in El Paso I work at the El Paso Zoo as education curator and as the chair of zoo’s conservation committee. My passion in life is helping to save endangered species and their related habitats. I have worked in the field of conservation education since 1973 when I started my career as Zoological Curator at the Kansas City Museum of History and Science.  For nearly 25 years I worked as a park ranger and Executive Director at four national parks including Big Bend, Yellowstone, Guadalupe and Carlsbad Caverns National Parks.

Since coming to work at the El Paso Zoo in 2002 my main goal has been to help people in El Paso connect with the animals that live there and to encourage them to take specific actions in their personal lives to help the zoo with its mission of saving endangered species.

I’m actively involved with many environmental groups like the Chihuahuan Desert Education Coalition and the Greater Big Bend Coalition.  Whenever I can I volunteer with many other groups including the Franklin Mountains Wilderness Coalition.

In 2016 I encouraged the coalition to move in the direction of asking President Obama to declare the Castner Range of the Franklin Mountains as a National Monument. Several years earlier I crafted the environmental platform for Congressional candidate Beto O’Rourke. I am very happy that someone who I helped with his environmental agenda is now running for President of the United States.

In 2009 I wrote a guidebook for the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International that I recently updated entitled Guide to Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park: Home to Critically Endangered Mountain Gorillas available on Amazon.com.

Today my two most important projects are advocating for the reintroduction of the wolf into the Chihuahuan Desert eco-region and helping to establish the long proposed US Mexico International Park.

How to Contact me:
Email – ricklobello@gmail.com
Phone (915) 474-1456 (text or call)   NOTE – Please email or text with the purpose of your communication and the best time to return your call if I am unavailable.

I am currently looking for website sponsors for several projects including oneearthonetime.com, wildlifeconservationcenter.com and  iloveparks.com.  All donations are welcome.  Click the link below.

sponsor link


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