At Zoo Boise, we are always working to make the zoo educational, affordable and, most importantly, fun and exciting! Every year we try to add or update new attractions and experiences. Be sure to visit Zoo Boise often to see what we have in store.
Butterflies in Bloom
Flying June 1 through Labor Day.
One of Zoo Boise's most popular exhibits returns in 2013. You may stroll through a flower filled greenhouse as hundreds of colorful butterflies from Costa Rica fly above and around you. Entrance to Butterflies in Bloom is included with Zoo Boise admission.
Roaring June 1 through Labor Day.
Go back in time this summer and encounter eight incredible animatronic dinosaurs while you explore Zoo Boise.
Butterflies in Bloom and Dinomotion are sponsored by season media partners:
Perkins Coie Giraffe Encounters
Open daily, weather permitting.
Have you been dreaming of getting nose-to-nose with a Zoo Boise giraffe? Here is your chance. From 1:30 - 2:30 pm visitors will be able to feed Julius and Jabari at the Giraffe Encounter!
At the Giraffe Encounter, you'll receive lettuce leaves for only $3. Proceeds from the Perkins Coie Giraffe Encounter go to the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund.
The Giraffe Encounter is generously sponsored by
Intermountain Eye Centers Sloth Bear Encounter
Open daily at 10:30-11:30 am.
Do you know that a sloth bear's favorite treats are bugs? In the wild, sloth bears are expert ant and termite eaters. Here's your chance to feed Zoo Boise's sloth bear, Paji, some mealworms through a special feeding tube in the exhibit. The Sloth Bear Encounter is open daily at 10:30 am and up to 25 visitors may participate.
At the Sloth Bear Encounter, you'll receive mealworms for only $3. Proceeds from the Intermountain Eye Centers Sloth Bear Encounter go to the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund.
The Sloth Bear Encounter is generously sponsored by
Intermountain Eye Centers
Daily, Spring Break through September at 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.
Here's your chance to get up-close and meet some of Zoo Boise's residents. Zookeepers and volunteers will present a couple of animals that visitors can get close to and, in some cases, touch. Animals vary between encounters, but can include giant Flemish rabbits, servals, birds, foxes and others.
Animal Presentations are generously sponsored by
Open May through September, 11:00 - 4:00 pm.
The Conservation Cruise takes visitors across the lagoon viewing a white-backed vulture exhibit, lemur exhibit (patas monkeys later in summer) and rotating exhibit on your way to the African Plains Exhibit. The Conservation Cruise is also solar powered. The price is $1.00 per person.
Open Spring Break through October, times vary.
Take a journey to Australia at Zoo Boise's Wallaby Walkabout! The exhibit features Parma and Bennett's wallabies. Visitors are able to walk into the exhibit with the wallabies. The Wallaby Walkabout is included with your admission to the zoo.
Open year round.
You'll have a chance to get up close and feed the goats, sheep and llamas.
The Zoo Farm is open year round and you are able to feed the animals for only $.25. All proceeds from the Zoo Farm go to the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund.
The Zoo Farm is brought to you by your friends at
Daily, Spring Break through August.
Visit with a Zookeeper for a 15 minute chat about one of their favorite animals. Each animal is unique or unusual in their own way. Zookeeper talks may also include animal training, special feedings, an up-close encounter, or an enrichment treat.
Zookeeper talks are generally held at 3:00 pm.
Thursdays, September through November from 1:00 -1:30 pm.
Join a zoo guide for a short walking safari through the zoo to discover more about the animals. Including their habitat, behaviors, and ecology. Themes change weekly. All ages welcome. Tours depart form inside the zoo entrance. Free with zoo admission. Registration not required.