Zoo Idaho Zoological Society is hosting the first-ever family fun event, A Morning with Marmie, May 20 at Zoo Idaho from 8:30-10am. This event includes breakfast in the zoo, animal education opportunities and fun for the whole family.
Zoo Idaho is beginning its 85th year with a brand new community event for the public. This event will include special appearances made by the Zoo Idaho education animals. Marmie the marmot, Gaston the skunk, Marshmallow the bunny and more will be there for a fun, interactive session just after breakfast. Admission into the breakfast will also include same-day entrance into Zoo Idaho. The funds raised by this event will fund future projects and exhibits within Zoo Idaho.
“As we move into open season at Zoo Idaho, the Society is thrilled to provide new and different ways to see and support our Zoo. There are so many exciting changes happening with exhibits, animals, and design. The Zoo Idaho Zoological Society will host several events this summer so members and non-members alike will have great opportunities to learn about Zoo Idaho’s mission and growth, celebrate the animals and discover the ways our community members can support our local zoo,” stated Jennifer Erchul, Zoo Idaho Zoological Society President.
“The priority of funds raised this year will support a new entrance gift shop. However, we are very busy with a plethora of projects this summer. We are building a new elk/bison/pronghorn exhibit in preparation for the new wetlands exhibit. We’ve also got a new bald eagle and badger exhibit in the works,” said Zoo Idaho Superintendent, Peter Pruett. “Zoo Idaho is working closely with the Zoo Idaho Zoological Society to push for the completion of the gift shop and entrance.”
In 1932, Zoo Idaho opened at a local trailer park with just two animals on display in wire pens: a female rhesus monkey named Josephine and a raccoon named Pete. 85 years later, Zoo Idaho has 30 exhibits and 145 animals. Zoo Idaho is an indigenous species zoo, which houses numerous orphaned or injured animals from the region who would have died in the wild. Zoo Idaho is truly a zoo for the animals of Idaho.
For more information please visit www.zooidahozs.org.