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Zoo Boise Areas & Exhibits

Located in beautiful Julia Davis Park, in the heart of Downtown Boise, Zoo Boise is one of the most popular attractions in Southern Idaho as well as a living science facility that is home to over 300 animals from 100 various species. Zoo Boise is a community treasure where more than 350,000 annual visitors of all ages can learn about our natural world and the importance of protecting and preserving it for generations to come.

Zoo Boise turns the act of visiting a zoo into a conservation action.

10 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 encounters, Zoo Boise has generated more than $2 million so far for wildlife conservation projects around the world. Now, 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. Helping endangered species is easy and fun at Zoo Boise. Interested in learning more about our conservation programs? Please visit our conservation webpage.

While at Zoo Boise, here are some fun things to consider doing:

Zoo Boise Areas & Exhibits

African Plains Exhibit

You don’t have to leave Idaho to take a walking safari through Africa. All you have to do is come to Zoo Boise to see lions, giraffes, patas monkeys, African birds, and much more. Don’t forget to get your photo taken inside the African hut and Safari Jeep.

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Animals of Asia

Asia is full of exotic and diverse animals and Zoo Boise’s Animals of Asia area is no different. You’ll get to experience tigers, red pandas, sloth bears, snow leopards, binturong, and many other exciting animals to learn about. While here, check out the Sloth Bear Encounter, where you can feed a sloth bear for only $3. 100% of the proceeds go to protect animals in the wild.

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Animals of the Pampas

The Pampas are grasslands in South America. The Animals of the Pampas exhibit features rheas, giant anteaters, kinkajou, and manned wolves. It’s also where you can find the Butterflies in Bloom exhibit during the summer. The Animals of the Pampas exhibit is located right next to the Zoo Farm.

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Aviaries

The Zoo Boise Aviaries are home to a bald eagle, red hawk, owl, sarus crane, crowned cranes, and a condor. Some of these birds were injured in the wild and were brought to Zoo Boise because they would no longer be able to survive in the wild.

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Gift Shop Exhibits

Located inside the Zootique gift shop, you can find giant elephant shrews and Prevost’s squirrel exhibits.

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Primate House

It can smell stinky at times, but that’s because it’s home to several monkey species and white-handed gibbons.

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Small Animal Kingdom/Rainforest

The Small Animal Kingdom and Rainforest building is home to more animal species than any other area at Zoo Boise. Favorites include the spider monkeys, lemurs, meerkats, Komdo dragon, and many more! Interested in meeting a 350 pound Aldabra tortoise? Check out the Mr. Mac Behind the Scenes Tour.

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South American Loop

The Penguin Pavilion may be the most popular spot on the South American Loop, but make sure you visit the capybara (South America’s largest rodent) on the way there. Interested in a Penguin Behind the Scenes Tour? Learn more HERE.

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Wallaby Walkabout

Take a stroll through the Wallaby Walkabout exhibit as wallabies hop all around you. The Wallaby Walkabout is run by volunteers and may not be open at all times, but you can still see the wallabies when the inside portion is not open.

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What's in a Name?

Sometimes referred to as the bat house, the What’s in a Name? exhibit is home to Ruwenzori long-haired fruit bats, Indian flying foxes, sugar gliders, and Amazon milk frogs. This exhibit is located right next to the zebras.

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Zoo Farm

Feed and pet a goat, sheep, or llama and you are helping wildlife all over the world! 100% of the quarters from the Zoo Boise Zoo Farm (sponsored by Farm Bureau) goes to protect animals in the wild. Learn more HERE.

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