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A Zoo with a New View Capital Campaign

A campaign to transform Zoo Boise into a leading force for wildlife conservation.

Donate Online Now

CLICK HERE TO PAY BY CHECK OR MAKE A PLEDGE (UP TO 2 YEARS)

About the Campaign

In 1916, Zoo Boise began as a menagerie to house a collection of exotic birds and an escaped circus chimp.  For the last 100 years, Zoo Boise has continued to grow, adding new exhibits and programs to become a community treasure that provides a wonderful educational and recreational opportunity for more than 340,000 visitors annually—making Zoo Boise one of the largest attractions in the state.

Unfortunately, as Zoo Boise has grown, so have the threats facing animals in the wild.  Elephants, lions, tigers, rhinos, gorillas, pandas, polar bears and countless others—all face extinction within a couple decades.  For Zoo Boise, simply being a nice place to bring your family to learn about animals is no longer enough.  We had to do more in order to address this crisis that threatens the world’s most iconic species, the same species our children hold so dear.

8 years ago, Zoo Boise reinvented itself.

We made it part of our mission to protect animals in the wild.  We turned the act of visiting the zoo into a conservation action.  With the creation of a conservation fee and a series of fee-based animal interactions, Zoo Boise has generated $2 million so far for wildlife conservation projects around the world.

Now, as Zoo Boise begins its second century, it is time to take our commitment to wildlife conservation to the next level.  The zoo has launched the $8.9 million Zoo with a New View Capital Campaign.  The project will construct a new 2.5 acre Gorongosa National Park exhibit, including an expansion of the size of the zoo by 1 acre.  Gorongosa, once one of the greatest parks in Africa, was destroyed during 25 years of war in Mozambique.  Zoo Boise is part of a partnership to rebuild the park, increasing animal populations while also addressing the needs of the very poor people who live nearby.  The Gorongosa National Park exhibit in Boise will generate $2 million towards the efforts in Mozambique to protect elephants, lions, zebras and more!

The Zoo Boise exhibit will feature a variety of animals that can be seen in Gorongosa National Park,

including wild African dogs, baboons, Nile crocodiles, vervet monkeys, otters, hyenas, saddle-billed storks, warthogs, nyala and southern ground hornbills.  The exhibit will also tell the story of the agricultural, medical and education programs that are in place to partner with the local people.  The exhibit will be a way for visitors to learn about all the components of a real life conservation project as it unfolds.

The campaign will also remove and update a number of exhibits that no longer meet modern zoological standards, including the primate house and aviaries.  Instead, that area of the zoo will celebrate our history and better address our visitor needs with a stage, event area, covered seating for dining guests, a splash pad and some South American exhibits, along with a new primate exhibit.

Zoos and aquariums have the opportunity and responsibility to be one of the largest sources of conservation funding in the world.

Zoo Boise is one of the national leaders in this effort and the addition of these new exhibits will provide an example of how to change the definition of what it means to be a zoo.  We hope you will consider a gift to make sure the animals you and other families love so much are here for generations to come.

Future Gorongosa Animals

Crocodile

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Spotted Hyena

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Vervet Monkey

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Nyala

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African Otter

Baboon

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African Wild Dog

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Warthog

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Southern Ground Hornbill

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And more!

Gorongosa Exhibit Renderings

Gorongosa Site and New Visitor Entrance Renderings

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Full Size Gorongosa Site Rendering                 Full Size New Entrance Rendering

Ariel and Image Renderings of Gorongosa Exhibit

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Giving Levels With Naming Opportunities

Elephant Level -$50,000+

  • 10 passes to the opening of the new exhibit
  • Naming opportunities available*
  • 1 year Pride of the Zoo membership

Rhinoceros Level -$25,000

  • 8 passes to the opening of the new exhibit
  • Naming opportunities available*
  • 1 year Pride of the Zoo membership

Hippopotamus Level -$10,000

  • 6 passes to the opening of the new exhibit
  • Naming opportunities available*
  • 1 year Pride of the Zoo membership

Water Buffalo Level -$5,000

  • 6 passes to the opening of the new exhibit
  • Naming opportunities available*
  • 1 year Pride of the Zoo membership

Pledges to the capital campaign can be paid over 2 years

*Please contact Rachel Winer at (208) 608-7764 or EMAIL to learn more about specific naming opportunities.

Donations and Commemorative Tiles

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                       12×12, 8×8, & 4×8 Commemorative Tiles

Individual Donations & Commemorative Tiles

$2500

  • 12×12 commemorative tile
  • 6 passes to the opening of the new exhibit
  • Text and animal OR your own drawing OR corporate logo

$1000

  • 8×8 commemorative tile
  • 6 passes to the opening of the new exhibit
  • 6 lines of text OR 3 lines of text plus animal (20 character limit per line)

$500

  • 6×6 commemorative tile
  • 4 passes to the opening of the new exhibit
  • 4 lines of text OR 2 lines of text plus animal (14 character limit per line)

$250

  • 4×8 commemorative tile
  • 4 passes to the opening of the new exhibit
  • 3 lines of text (20 character limit per line)

$100

  • 2 passes to the opening of the new exhibit

Donations of $250 and more will be listed on campaign signage

Donations of $500 and more can choose one of the following animal graphics

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CLICK HERE TO VIEW TILE FORM AS A PDF

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD TILE FORM AS A WORD DOCUMENT

 

Corporate Donations & Commemorative Tiles

$2,500

  • 6 passes to the opening of the new exhibit
  • Name and logo listed on 12×12 commemorative tile
  • Company name on campaign supporters signage

$1000

  • 6 passes to the opening of the new exhibit
  • Name on 8×8 commemorative tile
  • Company name on campaign supporters signage

Pledges to the capital campaign can be paid over 2 years

How to Donate

There are many ways in which you can help support the Zoo with a New View Capital Campaign:

  • Make checks payable to:
    Friends of Zoo Boise
    355 Julia Davis Drive
    Boise, ID 83702
  • Donate online
  • Call (208) 608-7764 to donate or make a transfer of stock
  • Want more info – EMAIL

Please note Zoo Boise appreciates donations by check whenever possible in order to save on credit card and online fees and to maximize donations.

Thank you to our leading corporate donors:

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