Zoo Boise turns the act of visiting a zoo into a conservation action.
Part of every admission and proceeds from our most popular attractions go to the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund, which supports the protection of wild animals in Idaho and around the world. While we all care about animals and want to protect them in the wild, knowing how to help can be a challenge. So Zoo Boise has redefined itself as a vehicle to help our guests save endangered species. Now, when guests visit the zoo, they just don’t see animals, they help save them as well.
In 2007, Zoo Boise became the first zoo in the country to create a conservation fee. The now 75¢ fee, charged in addition to the admission price, funds wildlife conservation projects. More importantly it changed the purpose of a zoo visit—empowering visitors to help save the very creatures they were seeing. Additionally, part of every zoo membership and 100% of the proceeds from the Giraffe Encounter, Sloth Bear Encounter, Zoo Farm, and Conservation Cruise supports conservation projects as well. All these little conservation fees, multiplied by our hundreds of thousands of guests annually, have now generated more than $3 million for the conservation of animals around the world.