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Idaho Falls Zoo is excited to announce the zoo’s reopening on Saturday, May 16. The zoo was originally scheduled to open in early April. However, in following with Governor Little’s statewide COVID-19 shutdown, the opening date was delayed. We’re pleased to announce starting May 16, as part of the next phases of the state reopening, your zoo will be open daily 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to safely reopen the zoo and welcome our wonderful patrons back for another great season,” says Zoo Director David Pennock.
The foremost goals of the zoo staff are for you to enjoy your zoo visit and at the same time keep you, zoo representatives and the animals safe and healthy. As such, we are working to put measures in place in response to COVID-19 that will include:
“The measures we’re taking are precautionary for the health and safety of our zoo guests, staff, and of course the animals,” says Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Director PJ Holm. “The current health crisis has hit zoos and cultural organizations throughout the world particularly hard. We ask for everyone’s help in supporting the zoo this summer in a safe, positive way.”
This year, you’ll also have the option to interact with the zoo in a whole new way! Enhance your zoo visit by downloading the brand-new interactive zoo app here.
“We are really excited about our new app,” states Education Curator Sunny Katseanes, “We’ve been working with Liiingo, a digital experience design company out of Boise, on the perfect zoo complement for some time. This app will enable you to explore some of the individual animals at the zoo and learn about them from those who know them best—the zookeepers.”
The best part? The new app is completely free!
According to Katseanes, “Yes, the app is free and it is truly amazing. You will definitely want to download it. It will provide you the opportunity to really get to know some of our animals and will blow your zoo visit out of the water!”
But, the zoo staff hope you’ll help the zoo a little when you use the app. There are options built into the platform to allow you to donate to support the zoo, and we hope our patrons will show us some love and be generous. Even small donations add up to big help for the zoo and the maintenance of this cool new app.
The zoo is featuring several new animals this year which they’ll be announcing in the coming weeks. One very exciting addition this season is the birth of two new sloth bear cubs. These adorable little girls will be in the outdoor sloth bear exhibit in the northwest corner of the zoo, weather depending. When the weather is poor, they will be inside their den off-exhibit for their health and well-being. Please remember to respect social distancing guidelines while at all exhibit viewing areas.
As we’ve all come to recognize during these times, things are subject to change at a moment’s notice. The very best ways to stay informed about the latest information is to follow Idaho Falls Zoo on Facebook, Instagram, and the zoo website at www.idahofallszoo.org. You should also subscribe to zoo notices under Notify Me on the City’s website, www.idahofallsidaho.gov.
We hope to see you at the zoo beginning May 16!
Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with zoo staff, contact Public Information Officer, Bud Cranor.
About Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park: With more than 330 individual animals representing 130 species from all around the globe, the Idaho Falls Zoo is known as the “Best Little Zoo in the West.” Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo participates in 47 Species Survival Plans. Learn more on our website.