We are excited to welcome you back! Advanced tickets are required and now available online at https://zooboise.org/online-ticketing/. Thank you for your patience as we have worked to create a plan for the safe reopening of Zoo Boise.
In order to protect you and your family and to keep our animals safe and healthy, there will be several new guidelines that will make your next zoo visit a little different:
- Advance tickets will be required for all visitors, including members (member tickets are free). The zoo will be open from 10am to 5pm daily with entry times available every 30 minutes from 10am to 4pm to reduce lines and allow for physical distancing among guests.
- There will be a set pathway around the zoo and some exhibits and activities will not be open. Notable closures will be the Small Animal Kingdom, Penguin Pavilion and all playground areas. There will be no animal encounters including the Giraffe Encounter and Zoo Farm.
Please visit https://zooboise.org/online-ticketing/ for more information on our new guidelines and to reserve your tickets.
Thank you for your support. We can’t wait to welcome you back to the zoo – our staff and the animals have missed you!
Welcome to the Zoo Boise store! Here you may purchase Annual Passes, tickets for special events, or make donations to Friends of Zoo Boise. Donations are tax-deductible and benefit the zoo animals and facilities.
Note: All prices include a 5% service fee.
- Zoo Boise Annual Pass
- Conservation Circle Annual Pass
The Zoo Boise Conservation Circle is a group of philanthropic individuals who not only ensure the vitality of Zoo Boise, but also ensure the future of wild animals. Members of this group share a deep passion for wildlife preservation, habitat conservation, education, animal care and Zoo Boise. In addition to annual memberships at Zoo Boise, Conservation Circle members will experience the zoo in unique ways with opportunities to go behind the scenes to meet our animals and their keepers, learn more about important conservation topics, and have fun at several exclusive events throughout the year.
- Adopt An Animal
You may still purchase animal adoptions, but Zoo Boise won’t be able to mail out your adoption materials until we re-open. Animal adoptions purchased while we are closed will have their plaques up for 13 months after we re-open.
Add a member of our family to yours today! Become a part of our wonderful and wild zoo family. As a zoo parent, you will have the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping Zoo Boise and making a contribution to the welfare of the many animals that call Zoo Boise home. Administered by the Friends of Zoo Boise, Adopt an Animal funds are used to provide special animal care, enrichment, special diets, minor exhibit improvements, and zoo keeper training.
- Make a Donation
Zoo Boise doesn’t run on admission prices alone. We depend on the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations to help make Zoo Boise one of the best small zoos in the country.
- Behind the Scenes Tour Gift Certificate
We are not currently scheduling any tours at this time. If you would like to purchase a gift certificate for a future behind the scenes tour, we will send you a gift certificate once the zoo reopens and we can resume regular operations.
Behind the scenes tour gift certificates can be used for any tour. The certificate may not cover the entire tour cost depending on how many people and which tour is selected. For specific information on tour costs, you can go to https://zooboise.org/support/behind-the-scenes-tours-close-encounters-of-the-wild-kind/.
Zoo admission is required and is NOT included with Behind the Scenes Tours gift certificates.
After we reopen, Zoo Boise will contact you to schedule a date and time for your adventure! If you have any questions or would like to purchase a gift certificate over the phone, please call 208-608-7747.
- Giraffe Behind the Scenes Tour
Get up-close and personal with the tallest animal on land, with a private behind the scenes giraffe tour. Not only will you get to meet and feed the Zoo Boise giraffes, but you’ll learn how the giraffes are taken care of by one of our staff members.
- Penguin Behind the Scenes Tour
Mar. 21 will be the last date to book a penguin tour until further notice. The penguins are going into breeding/nesting season and for their well being cannot be disturbed during this time. Tours may still be purchased and you will be notified when they resume to schedule.
Get the best view of Zoo Boise’s Magellanic penguin colony, from inside the exhibit on a private behind the scenes tour. Not only will you get to meet and feed the Zoo Boise penguins, but you’ll learn how the penguins are taken care of by one of our staff members.
- Aldabra Tortoise Behind the Scenes Tour
Aldabra Tortoise Tours are currently on hold until further notice while Mr. Mac recovers from a medical procedure. Tours may be purchased but not scheduled until later in the season.
Come meet our favorite Zoo Boise resident, Mr. Mac, a 375 pound Aldabra tortoise on a private behind the scenes tour. Not only will you get to meet and touch Mr. Mac, but you’ll learn how he’s taken care of by one of our staff members.
- Anteater Behind the Scenes Tour
Are you ready to meet and feed a giant anteater? You can go on a private behind the scenes tour with one of our staff members and feed one of the anteaters yogurt.
- Create an Enrichment Tour
Join one of our staff members to make an enrichment for your favorite Zoo Boise animal and then watch as the animal interacts with it. Enrichment is important, because it encourages the animals to use their natural behaviors and abilities.
- Zoo Boise Gift Card
Zoo Boise offers gift cards for daily admission and zoo programs offered through the City of Boise! City of Boise Parks and Recreation gift cards may be purchased in person at the following locations during normal business hours:
City of Boise Parks and Recreation Office
Fort Boise Community Center
Idaho Ice World
*Click here to see hours of operation for each location
Gift cards redeemed at Zoo Boise may only be used toward daily zoo admission or education programs offered through the City of Boise (click here for a list of programs and to register online). Gift cards may also be redeemed at any City of Boise Parks and Recreation class, program, or rental offered through Fort Boise Community Center, City Recreation Office, Parks and Recreation Administrative Office, or Idaho IceWorld. If you have questions about where gift cards are accepted, please call (208)608-7600.
Please note that gift cards cannot be used to purchase the following activities or merchandise: Zootique Gift Shop items, zoo concessions, animal encounters, Conservation Cruise, Zoo Farm, Behind the Scenes Tours, Adopt an Animal, annual passes/memberships, photo booth, Wine Safaris, Painting with the Penguins, or any other activity or event offered through Friends of Zoo Boise (FoZB) or Service Systems Associates (SSA).
If you would like to purchase a gift card over the phone, please contact the zoo at (208)608-7760. Gift cards must be purchased with a debit or credit card. For a list of current zoo admission fees please visit our website; prices change seasonally. Please note we cannot accept card payment information via voicemail, email, fax, scan or any other form of written communication.
- Name a Cockroach after Someone
Show your love by naming a Zoo Boise cockroach after that special someone, your best friend, or your favorite family member. After purchasing, we will email you the certificate. Just respond with what you want to name the cockroach (must be approved by Zoo Boise staff) and we’ll add it to the website. The cost is only $10 or pair it with a discounted behind the scenes tour to give an extra special gift!
- Paint with Penguins
Adult nights – 11/04/20 (Participants must be 21+)
Have you ever wondered how penguins paint? Wonder no more. Join us for a special evening at Zoo Boise from 4:30pm – 6:30pm for a paint and sip with our Magellanic penguins. You’ll paint the background, enjoy some wine, cheese, and crackers, and be treated to a special keeper talk and behind the scenes tour. Then you’ll watch as the penguins add their personal touch to your painting and you get to take your painting home!
Paint with Penguins is a special fundraiser for Zoo Boise. Only 10 spots are available for each date. Dates are subject to change if the penguins are molting (shedding old feathers) or nesting. Refunds will be available if the date changes. Otherwise, tickets for Paint with Penguins are nonrefundable. If you have questions, please call 208-608-7764.
Paint with Penguins – Private Party
Let Zoo Boise host up to 10 people for a private paint and sip with our Magellanic penguins. To register over the phone, please call 208-608-7764. Paint with Penguins Private Parties are nonrefundable.