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Posted on: August 16, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Free Admission to Zoo Idaho Saturday, Aug. 21 | 8/16/2021

Animals at Zoo Idaho.

You’ll be able to get into Zoo Idaho for free later this month.


Connections Credit Union is hosting a Community Day at Zoo Idaho Saturday, August 21. From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., zoo-goers will receive free admission to the zoo and the chance to see Zoo Idaho’s nearly 100 animals. Hot dogs and beverages will also be available at no cost and family-friendly activities are in the works. 


“What a great way to end the summer with the return of Connections Credit Union’s annual Community Day,” said Peter Pruett, Zoo Idaho Superintendent. “It’s Connections Credit Union, the Zoo Idaho Zoological Society, and Zoo Idaho’s way of saying thank you to the entire community for everything you do to make Pocatello a wonderful place to live.”


“Who doesn’t like a day at the zoo and who doesn’t like free,” said Brian Osberg, President/CEO of Connections Credit Union. “This is a fantastic opportunity to bring the family out and see all the great things happening at Zoo Idaho.”


The Community Day at Zoo Idaho is part of Connections Credit Union’s 10-year partnership with Zoo Idaho and the Zoo Idaho Zoological Society. As part of the agreement, Connections Credit Union received exclusive naming rights for the Zoo Connections Entrance and Gift Shop, one Community Day at Zoo Idaho per year for each year, and other marketing opportunities. 


“A sincere thank you to Connections Credit Union for partnering with the City of Pocatello Parks and Recreation Department to bring the Zoo Connections Entrance and Gift Shop to Zoo Idaho for the community’s use and enjoyment,” said John Banks, City of Pocatello Parks and Recreation Director. “Partnership benefits include meaningful returns on investment including exposure of your business to thousands of residents and visitors in unique and positive settings. By working together, we can achieve great things to enhance the health and well-being of our community.”


Established in 1932, Zoo Idaho is an indigenous species zoo and is home to orphaned or injured animals from the region that would have likely not survived in the wild. For more information on Zoo Idaho, visit


Additional information about Connections Credit Union can be found at


For more information about other partnership opportunities in the City of Pocatello Parks and Recreation Department system, visit


Zoo Idaho is accessible to persons with disabilities. Program access accommodations may be provided with three (3) days’ advance notice by contacting Skyler Beebe at; 208.234.6248; or 5815 South 5th Avenue, Pocatello, ID.

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