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Posted on: September 14, 2020



The Tautphaus Park Zoological Society (TPZS), a nonprofit organization that supports the Idaho Falls Zoo, is hosting its first-ever virtual fundraiser with Wines in the Wild: Home Edition.

TPZS’ immensely popular annual fundraising events like Wines in the Wild, Zoo Brew, and Boo at the Zoo support education, zoo improvements, and conservation efforts at the Idaho Falls Zoo. The unfortunately necessary cancellation of in-person zoo fundraisers caused by COVID-19 has created a massive 90% loss of revenue for TPZS which means the progress on anticipated projects at the zoo, including beginning construction on a new entrance and gift shop, will be significantly delayed.

To supplement the loss, TPZS has developed an online fundraiser for the zoo which people can enjoy in the comfort and safety of their own homes. Wines in the Wild: Home Edition, sponsored by Broulim’s Food Stores, features unique and exclusive “carry-out party in a box” options that will include an appetizer, dessert, wine, and décor. There are box options for 2 or 12 people. As part of your home experience, Broulim’s and the zoo will host a live event featuring a wine pairing experience and a special virtual zookeeper animal interaction.

“We encourage you to find ways to celebrate on your own in a safe, socially distant way,” says TPZS Executive Director Laurie Gravatt. “Maybe you could gather a few close friends or family to spread out and join us from your own back yard.”

The boxes are very limited and only available to purchase online at from Friday, Sept 11 to Monday, Sept 21. Place your order today! You’ll pick up your Home Edition box on Friday, Sept. 25 from 5:00 -7:00 p.m. at the William J. Maeck Education Center located at the front entrance of the Idaho Falls Zoo.

Unpack your box, settle back, and enjoy a brand-new, on-of-a-kind virtual look at the zoo in the comfort of your own home as you’ll tune in to the exclusive Broulim’s/Zoo live stream on Friday, Sept 25 at 8:00 p.m.

Your zoo needs YOU! Support your Idaho Falls Zoo by making tax-exempt donations at and participate in this first-ever unique virtual event!

Updates on zoo happenings and events can be found on the Idaho Falls Zoo’s Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube accounts or visit

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Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with zoo staff, please contact City of Idaho Falls Public Information Officer, Bud Cranor at 208-612-8306 or bcrano[email protected].            

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 44 national Species Survival Plans. Learn more on our website.  

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