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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers to the FAQ questions below are normally correct, but because of the COVID-19 crisis your zoo visit may look a little different. If you have any questions, please visit  https://zooboise.org/online-ticketing/.


We want to make your visit to Zoo Boise as enjoyable as possible.  Here are some things you should know when visiting the zoo:

What are the zoo hours

Zoo Boise is open daily from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm. Last admission is at 4:00 pm daily.

How much is admission

Click here to see Zoo Boise admission rates.

Where is Zoo Boise located

Zoo Boise is located at 355 Julia Davis Dr in Julia Davis Park. Click here for directions.

Where are restrooms and drinking fountains located

Zoo Boise has 3 sets of restrooms and 2 sets of drinking fountains. Please consult our Zoo Map.

Where can I get first aid

First aid is available at the front gate.

What is the procedure for lost children (or adults)

Lost children (or adults) will be escorted to the front gate to be reunited with their groups. If you lose a child in the zoo, please find a staff member for help locating him/her.

Where is the lost & found

Any items found on zoo grounds will be taken to the gift shop. Please call 208-608-7760.

Are wagons available for rent

For scooter, wagon, and stroller rental info click here.

Are wheelchairs available

Wheelchairs are available at no charge on a first come, first served basis at the gift shop. For scooter, wagon, and stroller rental info click here.

Are skateboards, bikes, roller skates, & roller shoes allowed

No. Bikes may be locked up in the racks outside of the front gate before entering the zoo.

What other items and activities are prohibited in the zoo

Stickers, balls, balloons, smoking, vaping, and drones.

Can I reenter the zoo after paying admission

Yes, but only on the same day of your paid admission until 4:00pm. Please hold on to your receipt and ask for a gift shop employee for a hand stamp. Hand stamps and receipts must be shown to the front gate attendants to reenter.

Are dogs allowed in Zoo Boise

No pets are allowed into the zoo, except for service dogs. Companion animals are not allowed.

Are service animals allowed in Zoo Boise

Service animals are allowed in the zoo, but pets and companion animals are not.

Can we touch the animals

No. For your safety, please stay on the public side of guard rails and ropes. Do not attempt to touch any animals (except at Zoo Farm). All wild animals can be dangerous.

Can we feed the animals

No. Please don’t feed any animals (except during encounters or at the Zoo Farm). To maintain their health, our residents are on strictly controlled diets.

Can we bring food into the zoo?

Yes, but anything with straws, glass, stickers, and alcohol are prohibited from being brought into the zoo.