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Only ADA-trained dogs are allowed in the zoo and must be current on vaccines to access exhibits in the exotic cat loop- i.e. lions,tigers, snow leopards and servals. These animals are susceptible to certain dog diseases that can be prevented only by vaccination. Also ADA-trained dogs will not be allowed near certain ambassador animals while they are out of their exhibits and walking about the zoo- i.e. penguins, llamas and alpaca.
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As an entity of the City of Idaho Falls, we follow the City's and EIPH's COVID requirements and regulations. At this time, the City and Bonneville County are recommending, but not requiring mask usage by patrons in City & County facilities. We're also doing our standard cleaning procedures which we implemented last year so rest assured things will be in tip-top shape for your visit. If you see something of concern, let a staff member know so we can look into it. In terms of timed entry, we found last year we only reached max capacity once or twice the entire season so it wasn't an issue for us at all to just allow general admission. If you're looking for days that tend to have a little less attendance, we recommend mid-week.
Restrooms are located between the Australia Exhibit and the Kookaburra Kafe.
It takes approximately 1-1 1/2 hours to tour the zoo.
To encourage social distancing as a result of COVID-19, all public feedings and keeper interactions have been suspended until further notice.
The City of Idaho Falls has a smoke-free ordinance that prohibits smoking in certain outdoor areas, including zoos. Those wishing to smoke must do so outside the zoo, at least 20 feet from any entry.
The Idaho Falls Zoo makes every effort to ensure that all of the physical and psychological needs of each animal are met and/or surpassed. As an AZA accredited institution, the Idaho Falls Zoo must meet the official approval by a group of zoo experts. These experts, called the AZA Accreditation Commission, carefully examine each zoo that applies for AZA membership, including living environments, social groupings, heath and nutrition. The AZA also make sure that animals are provided with enrichment, which stimulates each animal's natural behavior and provides variety in their daily routine. The Idaho Falls Zoo prides itself on continuing to maintain these high standards.
No alcohol is allowed in the zoo. Alcohol is only allowed in the zoo during select special events when permits, insurance and alcohol licenses have been obtained and approved.
Yes. The concession stand, Kookaburra Kafe, is located next to the picnic area and the bathrooms.
Yes. The gift shop offers an array of zoo-themed gifts, t-shirts and toys. Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are accepted at the gift shop. Photo identification is required for all checks.
Cash, Check, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover. Photo identification is required for all checks.
The Children's Zoo Gazebo can be reserved for children's birthday parties. For more information on birthday parties at the zoo, click here. Select Facility Rentals then Idaho Falls Zoo Birthday Parties.
All other shelters are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The shelters outside of the zoo in Tautphaus Park may be rented. For more information on renting those shelters, click here. Select Facility Rentals then Park Shelters.
Yes, your admission is good during zoo hours for one calendar date at the zoo. Be sure to keep your receipt so if you leave, you can present it upon return during zoo hours for same day re-entry.
The zoo is unable to provide rain checks.
For the safety of others, please leave these and similar items outside the zoo.
Thank you for your interest in the zoo. Please check out the videos below for more information about zoo careers.
Life of a Zoo Keeper
IFZ Staff Interviews
For current job opportunities, please visit the City of Idaho Falls Employment Center.