Plan Your Visit

At Zoo Boise, we are always working to make the zoo educational, affordable, and most importantly, fun and exciting! Every year we try to add or update new attractions and experiences. Be sure to visit Zoo Boise often to see what we have in store.

Special Attractions:

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Zoo Farm

10AM - 4PM

$1.00 Per Person

Experience: Get up close and feed the zoo’s goats.

Capacity: To keep our animals healthy and within their diet parameters, the Zoo Farm encounter is restricted to a limited amount of food cups per day and may close early if the maximum is reached.

Generously Sponsored By:

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Sloth Bear Encounter

10:30 - 11:30AM

$5.00 Per Person

Experience: Here’s your chance to feed a sloth bear some mealworms through a special feeding tube in the exhibit.

Capacity: To keep our animals healthy and within their diet parameters, up to 25 guests may participate.

Generously Sponsored By:

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Giraffe Encounter

Daily (weather permitting)
1:30 - 2:30PM

$5.00 Per Person

Experience: Get nose-to-nose with giraffe Jabari and feed him some lettuce.

Generously Sponsored By:

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Butterflies in Bloom

10:30AM - 4PM

Free With Zoo Admission

Experience: A walkthrough greenhouse full of hundreds of colorful butterflies.

Generously Sponsored By:

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Conservation Cruise

Select Days
10:30AM - 4PM

$5.00 Per Person

Experience: Our solar powered boat will take you on a relaxing cruise around the lagoon, where you’ll get a chance to see patas monkeys.

Check with front gate to see if the cruise is running on any particular day!

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Zoo Chats

Thursday, Saturday, Sunday

Free With Zoo Admission

Experience: Learn all about different animals every day with special chats from our Animal Care team.

For All Encounters:

  • Payment is only accepted at the encounter station. 
  • All proceeds goes toward the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund.
  • All activities are weather and animal dependent.