EL PASO – An enormous mural celebrating borderland wildlife will be unveiled today as part of a national project spotlighting endangered species.
The 60-foot-long, 14-foot-tall mural is the work of artists from both sides of the border, and local children.
“The dirt, the plants here are so beautiful,” Azalae Custodio said as she painted alongside other students at La Fe Preparatory School, which is blocks from the border. The 11-year-old and her classmates helped paint a Sneed’s pincushion cactus.
“It’s only found here on the border,” Alan Diaz said as he brushed bright green paint on polyester fabric that served as a canvas for the mural that would be installed on a wall.
The cactus is featured along with an ocelot, an aplomado falcon, Mexican gray wolf and Chiricahua leopard frog, all endangered species native to the U.S.-Mexican borderland.