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Posted on: November 6, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Idaho Falls Zoo Breaks Boo at the Zoo Attendance Records

Costume Contest_Boo at the Zoo_2017The Idaho Falls Zoo and Tautphaus Park Zoological Society (TPZS) are proud to announce a new attendance records for Boo at the Zoo. The zoo welcomed 12,000 guests to the three-day event in October.  The new record beat last year’s attendance by nearly 1,500 guests. 

Boo at the Zoo is one of the zoo’s largest annual fundraisers. All proceeds from the event go back into future improvements at the zoo.

David Pennock, Zoo Superintendent stated, “The increased visits are attributed to the amazing and passionate staff and volunteers at the zoo. This group has worked so hard to make our zoo the best it can be by improving community outreach, taking excellent care of animals and zoo grounds, fundraising, and continuing essential animal conservation measures,” adds Pennock.

A large portion of the proceeds ($350K) have been donated by TPZS to the City of Idaho Falls to support the building of the zoo’s education center, which will be built starting this spring. 

The Idaho Falls Zoo is now closed for the season. However, education programs are still held each month, especially during holiday weeks like Thanksgiving and winter break.

Click HERE For more information on the zoo’s education programs, the outreach program known as the “Zoomobile,” which brings animals to schools, nursing homes, and education facilities.   

Even while closed, zoo staff will keep the public updated on the Idaho Falls Zoo Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube channels.

“We thank the community and guests for their wonderful patronage of the ‘best little zoo in the west,’ and look forward to seeing all of you back in April 2018,” states Pennock.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with zoo staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.

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