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Zoo Boise
355 Julia Davis Dr
Boise
ID
83702
Tel: 208-384-4260

Where are we going today?

It's animals galore at Zoo Boise, where the main mission of the zoo is to not only give families a fun day out meeting their favorite animals from all over the world, but to also learn about their habits, their habitats and that ever important conservation!

Zoo Boise is located in Julia Davis Park, in the heart of Downtown Boise, and is one of the most popular attractions within Southern Idaho. Within the zoo, kids will be able to say hi to over 300 animals, and with these being represented by over 100 various species, it's certainly a learning experience on the natural world!

The animals at Zoo Boise really do come from all over the world, so you can travel the planet without even needing to leave Boise!

The magic of Africa is waiting with those grand lions, and those super tall giraffes. Kids can watch those cheeky meerkats play, or try and spot those Rock Hyrax. There are even some ones you wouldn't expect, such as the scorpion or cockroach!

Asia is calling in the next exhibit, with the adorable sloth bear, and amur tiger, and it's these kind of animals which will really put a face to the reason conservation is so important. Make sure you stop by the more unusual animals too, such as the Visayan Warty Pig, and the Binturong! Don't know what they are? Well, there's only one way to find out!

You can see the wallaby's and kookaburra's from Australia, and even those icons of the USA with the bald eagles and prairie dogs. 

For those kids who really want an up close and personal day at the zoo, a visit to the Zoo Farm is a must! Here, kids can get up close to the sheep, goats and llamas - and even feed them by hand!

With incredible animal encounters available at the zoo, too, it's no wonder there are so many memories created by families there - and now it's your turn, so let's go!

 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFrom $7.25
  • ChildrenFrom $4.25 (Ages 3-11)
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

10am - 5pm daily. 9am open from May to Sept

Closed Thanksgiving Day, Christmas & New Years Day

Teachers corner

They LOVE having students, and would be happy to educate kids on animals, ecology science and conservation. There are self-guided field trips available, guided programs too and even snooze at the zoo which is a fun overnight experience!.

I'm Hungry!

It's not just the animals that need feeding, we know! The Expedition Grill is open from 10am - 4:30pm daily, and have a number of lunch and snack options..

Healthy Eating!

The Grill has healthy food choices for you! Or you can bring your own food in too!.

Any Top Tips?

Some of the special attractions such as the giraffe and sloth bear encounters, the conservation cruise and the carousel is a small additional cost.

Doing our bit

Zoo Boise is expanding its focus towards conservation - from not only caring for the animals within zoo grounds, but towards helping animals in their natural environments. This is in response to the growing extinction crisis that threatens some of the world's most famous inhabitants within the next 50 years. This includes such species as rhinos, tigers, gorillas, pandas, Asian elephants, chimps and countless others. .

Need a little extra help?

Wheelchairs can be picked up at no charge on a first come basis.

Baby Facilities

Wagons are available for rent for $5 from the gift shop.

Can I get one of those?

You will want to take your pocket money because of the gift shop! Fun and educational souvenirs all await with a wildlife theme, and if you're a member you get 10% off the price!.

More information

You can only feed the animals during encounters in the Zoo Farm, and this food must be bought there (at a small cost).

What people are saying?

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    I really enjoyed my first visit to the Boise Zoo!

    There was a wide variety of animals to check out and the zoo wasn't too crowded.

    I think one of my favorite things about the zoo is that it is AZA accredited, which basically means the zoo has gone to great lengths to ensure high standards for animal care/habitat, etc. are met. While I'm not a PETA crunchy granola hippie person, knowing the zoo really takes care of the animals rather than serving mainly to generate profit really is worth its weight in gold to me.

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    It's a nice little zoo. Nothing like the size of Seattle or Portland, but when you are taking small children through it doesn't feel like your hiking your way through an African safari on foot either. Lots of great animals to see and you can see it all.

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    I used to work at the Bronx Zoo when I was in high school (which is huge!). Even though the Bronx Zoo is a lot bigger then Boise's, I love the Boise zoo. It's a cute little zoo, but there are animals here I haven't even seen before! I also like a lot how you can get really close to the animals here too.

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    Considering the zoo's size, and the fact it's in Boise, I didn't expect a lot. Zoo Boise feels more like a big-city zoo, though, and didn't disappoint. There is a large variety of animals, and the staff was knowledgeable and really seemed to care. The newer African exhibits, though sparse, were impressive. I fed a giraffe- pretty darn awesome :)

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    It's fun to go in the winter when there are hardly any people there and the penguins are super active.

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by Kim K

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I really enjoyed my first visit to the Boise Zoo!

There was a wide variety of animals to check out and the zoo wasn't too crowded.

I think one of my favorite things about the zoo is that it is AZA accredited, which basically means the zoo has gone to great lengths to ensure high standards for animal care/habitat, etc. are met. While I'm not a PETA crunchy granola hippie person, knowing the zoo really takes care of the animals rather than serving mainly to generate profit really is worth its weight in gold to me.

Next time I'm in Boise, I'd certainly return!

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