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Pocatello - Pocatello Zoo

2900 South 2nd Avenue

Mission Statement

The Pocatello Zoo will develop, improve, manage, and maintain facilities and programs to increase the public's knowledge of and appreciation for native North American Wildlife.

The zoo is dedicated to educating and motivating the public to become active stewards of the environment through their support of habitat preservation and wildlife conservation worldwide.

A Haven and a Sanctuary

Bison, cougars, eagles, pronghorn and grizzly bears are some of the animal species featured at our unique Zoo. The Pocatello Zoo has been a haven and sanctuary for native North American species for 80 years. The animals exhibited at the Zoo were injured, orphaned, imprinted on humans or captive born. In any case, they would not survive in the wild. For these reasons they have become ambassadors for their kind, helping educate the public about wildlife conservation and habitat preservation.

The Pocatello Zoo has roots dating back to 1932.  It began with two tiny wire pens holding 12 year old John Marshall's pet monkey and raccoon.  After a period of time it became a placement resource for native animals that were orphaned or injured.

The Pocatello Zoo provides a unique opportunity to learn about native wildlife through exhibits, storytelling, classes, and other family programs.


Kris Miller

Sunday, April 1, 2018
Wonderful zoo with some really cool exhibits and the staff were really friendly. They're expanding and have done some awesome renovations. I know that the animals are captive but they look really healthy and well cared for. Bring nice walking shoes as there are some steep hills (which is nice to add some exercise in).

Julie Beals

Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
So much fun! The animals were beautiful. It was like a hike, but so worth it. The people who work were so nice and friendly and answered all our questions. Can't wait to come back and see the wetland exhibit when finished.

Jake Scott

Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017
Wild animals in penned in areas? Zoos are quite literally legally sanctioned animal abuse emporiums. With so many ways to view wild animals online in their REAL environments I fail to see the validity of caged animals in man made pens any longer.

aminah noseeb

Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017
upkept and sad. all the animals look depressed and the enclosures are terrible and tiny. the animals all look unhealthy. every year it seems to look worse. now more than ever in the last 5 years. hopefully the animals can be under better care or moved somwhere where they will actually be taken care of.

Matthew Pozernick

Monday, March 5, 2018
Zoo is In need of funds but the kids loved it.

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