Zoo Boise connects our visitors with animals to inspire and involve our community in the conservation of wildlife worldwide.
Zoo Boise is a service of the City of Boise and is supported by the Friends of Zoo Boise, a 501(c)(3) membership organization that supports Zoo Boise in the area of animal acquisition, capitol improvement projects, education programs, volunteer opportunities, and special events. The goal of each of these components is to increasepublic awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the zoo, wild animals,animal habitats, species conservation and the environment.
Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things.
The person or persons appointed to oversee the running of the zoo should be ashamed of themselves. Recently a friend and I were on a good neiborhood website searching for a place where the two of us could volunteer together. We saw that Zoo Boise was seeking volunteers. As we read the description, we were both so appalled. If a person is interested in being a volunteer they must pay the zoo a non refundable application fee of $50. Following that, if they accept your offer to volunteer your time, you must commit to volunteer a specific number of hours a week. I think it was 24. They also require some other screening for which the volunteer is financially responsible for . The application fee is the most appalling of all. Shame on you Zoo Boise.
It was a free day so I went with my daughter and grandchildren, we had a great time. I would get there early though so you can get a good parking space. We got there a little later in the day and had to park away from the zoo.
I went in December, which I understand is the off-season. There weren't a ton of animals on display. Those that were available to see seemed rather unhappy. Many of the exhibits were very small and cramped. The zoo did acknowledge this, and advertised the new facilities they're planing on building when they receive funding. There were lots of signs around the zoo about the conservation efforts that they're putting forth, which was cool to see. This zoo was still a lot of fun to go to, and if you're in the area, it's worth a trip. It's small, so it only took around 2 hours to walk through (keep in mind that this is with the off-season number of exhibits).
I’ve grown up in Boise, and I enjoy animals/zoos. Now and days the only reason I go to the Boise zoo is for my son who also loves animals but while walking through I instantly feel saddened for these animals. I repeat I’ve lived here my whole life and have NEVER EVER seen that zoo change. So many people have came and went, donated there time and money to the zoo and yet I constantly wonder where is all that money going? Instead of buying new animals, how about focusing on the ones you have and expanding/upgrading their enclosures. Many of them are sick, look incredibly depressed, in awful conditions (the monkeys towards the front as you walk in are literally in jail cells). Animals are constantly being put to sleep or randomly disappearing and again instead of putting the time and money into that one enclosure they just go and buy a new one. When I was walking around I asked some employees questions about the animals and instead I got a half ass answer or someone pulling out an animal manual guide BS. Take a look at the Omaha zoo for instance and actually learn something. I really hope in the future to see some improvement, not just another new depressed animal.
There's always a bunch to see here and it seems to be busy everytime we go... Which is great... But it everything always feels so dirty. I guess it would be hard to avoid that at a Zoo (which is why I'm still giving 4 stars) but it would be nice if they tried harder. Any staff I've interacted with doesn't seem too excited to be there... But my kids love it and we enjoy the animals quite a bit.