News from the Zoo
In the next month, the 2016 season will be coming to an end at the Idaho Falls Zoo, but city leadership is full steam ahead on planning for the future of one of Idaho Falls’ most popular attractions. At today’s work session, City Council approved a resolution to adopt the Idaho Falls Zoo Five-Year Strategic Plan which will guide future decision making.
Today, on average, the Idaho Falls Zoo hosts more than 123,000 visitors during a six month seasonal window which is more than double (211 percent) of the entire population of Idaho Falls. According to patron surveys, 63 percent of zoo visitors came from outside of Idaho Falls. From April 9 to July 19, 2016, the zoo hosted more than 7,700 school children from 31 communities in 12 counties across Idaho and from cities in southwestern Montana and western Wyoming. A previous independent study from 2009, using visitor surveys, concluded that the zoo adds $3.54 million annually to the local economy.
The overall objective of the Five-Year Strategic Plan is to focus efforts on a common vision so that zoo staff and the community can more effectively partner to create a zoo that is more financially viable, offers higher equality education, increases the impact on the local economy and inspires active participation in conservation.
You can view the Five-year strategic plan HERE