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Zoo Boise, Boise

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  • Very few people here, and animals were out from their shelters moving around. Looking forward to their planned expansion to give a more modern facility to their monkeys. Giraffes were out and about, a...  more »
  • Zoo Boise in in the middle of a great park right next to downtown Boise. It is a small to medium zoo, maybe 12-15 acres, great selection of animals. Very walkable in 2-3 hours. Really enjoyed the Gira...  more »
  • I visited in Mid-January 2018. The weather was foggy, cold, damp with intermittent snow showers. I think this would probably be rated as a very good zoo. 90% of the animals had chosen to be inside so ...  more »
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  • Zoos in general are kind of sad. Just my opinion. Two days after my visit the tiger died. She had back surgery but she still had problems. So they put her down BUT she was about 15 years old, the maximum tiger age. If she had been in the wild she would most likely have died at a much younger age! Zoo Boise does a good job with what they have and they obviously care about the animals. They also plan to expand. Lots of kid friendly things to do like a carousel and animal encounters. You can also have a zoo sleepover.
  • Good Family fun. This zoo is pretty small but offers great family time out. The enclosures are way to small fro most of the animals, so it can be depressing at times but they are starting to focus on conservation and are always improving. Kids absolutely love it!
  • over Priced for what you get. I see more animals at pet smart than the zoo and it’s free. We went during the Easter egg hunt and it was horrible. When my 4 year old daughter went to get eggs there were more adults grabbing eggs than kids. Very unorganized. Then my 9 year old went during the 6-10 year old time and again parents out there grabbing eggs and I saw a poor kid get trampled over by bigger kids and he started crying. The entire event wasn’t very unorganized. I seriously just want my money back and wait for them to update and upgrade the zoo till I visit again. Btw don’t go by the zebras unless you like the smell of poop
  • Great place to take the kids. Plenty to see here. I got in on a free zoo day around Valentine's Day and they were giving the animals presents. Was really fun! Pretty crowded but that's completely reasonable on a free day haha.
  • The person or persons appointed to oversee the running of the zoo should be ashamed of themselves. Recently a friend and I were on a good neiborhood website searching for a place where the two of us could volunteer together. We saw that Zoo Boise was seeking volunteers. As we read the description, we were both so appalled. If a person is interested in being a volunteer they must pay the zoo a non refundable application fee of $50. Following that, if they accept your offer to volunteer your time, you must commit to volunteer a specific number of hours a week. I think it was 24. They also require some other screening for which the volunteer is financially responsible for . The application fee is the most appalling of all. Shame on you Zoo Boise.
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