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Posted on: October 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Idaho Falls Zoo to Hold New, End-of-Season “Last Blast” Event

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The Idaho Falls Zoo and SelectHealth are teaming up to create a new, end-of-the-season event, #IFZoo’s Last Blast of the Season on Saturday, October 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.. 

“It’s been a challenging year for us all, so thanks to the generous support of SelectHealth, we’re ending the zoo’s 2020 season with a new event,” says Zoo Director David Pennock. 

With the cancellation of this year’s Boo at the Zoo, zoo staff weren’t quite sure when the zoo would close for the 2020 season. When SelectHealth reached out to the zoo about hosting a sponsored event in conjunction with the opening of their new Idaho Falls office, the pieces fell into place.

“We’re very excited to sponsor this new event at the zoo,” said Greg Reid, SelectHealth Community and Public Relations Manager.   

During #IFZoo’s Last Blast of the Season, each guest that brings a canned food item to donate to the Community Food Basket of Idaho Falls will get half-priced admission to the zoo’s last day of the 2020 season. Admission without a can of food will be regular price. SelectHealth will be offering free masks to the first 1,000 attendees. 

“Food insecurity in 2020 has risen to all all-time high,” says Michelle Ziel-Dingman, Idaho Falls City Council President and Advocate for Community Food Basket of Idaho Falls, “We hope you’ll come out for a last zoo blast and support those less fortunate in our community.”

Also, while at the zoo on October 24, guests are invited to take a photo of themselves or their favorite zoo animal and post it to social media with the tag #IFZoo. Everyone who tags a photo will be entered into a drawing to win an annual zoo family pass good for the 2021 season, courtesy of SelectHealth. 

Come on out, wish your favorite zoo animals a happy and healthy winter season, and tag your photos for a chance to win an annual zoo pass. 

The October 24 event will end the zoo’s 2020 season.  The zoo will reopen in April 2021. 

Thank you for all your amazing support of your zoo in 2020!

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

Per the county-wide mandate still in effect from East Idaho Public Health (EIPH), it’s requested everyone over age two wear a face mask while in the zoo.                                                                                 

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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 at [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.  

About SelectHealth®: A not-for-profit health plan serving more than 850,000 members in Utah, Idaho, and Nevada. From commercial to government plans for individuals, families, employers, and more, we serve all segments of the community. We share a mission with Intermountain Healthcare® of Helping People Live the Healthiest Lives Possible.® Learn more on our website.

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