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Zoo Idaho, Pocatello

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Zoo Idaho is a zoo in Pocatello, Idaho, that features animals native to the Intermountain West and has been open since 1932.

The zoo has more than 100 animals representing about 40 different species. "It is one of two zoos in the United States specializing in animals native to the Intermountain West." Zoo Idaho is the only zoo to incorporate the Shoshone-Bannock tribal culture into its program and design. The zoo itself sits on a natural landscape covering 25 acres (10 ha) in Ross Park. For many of the exhibits there is a 40-foot (12 m) high lava cliff as a backdrop. The cliff divides the zoo into two levels known as Upper and Lower Ross Park.

It also offers 900-square-foot (84 m2) tree house, 30-foot (9.1 m) high teepee, and a petting zoo area of barnyard animals. During the school year the zoo has established the Zoo Outreach Program, where employees bring a "piece of the zoo" into the classrooms of 3,000 school children each year. An additional 3,000 students visit the zoo on field trips in April and May alone. Zoo Idaho holds spring and summer programs and camps, which it holds in an outdoor classroom called the Tall Tales Tent.
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  • We enjoyed this zoo, especially knowing before we started that it's a small local zoo focused on rehabilitating local animals, but I could see others not enjoying it. This entire zoo is outdoors and....  more »
  • It was a great zoo to take the grandchildren. While it only took an hour to see everything, the kids loved it. Upon seeing the exhibits, there is also a play area with a slide up in a tree-lined...  more »
  • You wouldn't think that a small place like this would have a zoo, but they do! It's right on the lace rock and for what I've been told by countless locals, it's actually a cool place. The have some new wetlands exhibit, so if your wondering if it's worth the money and the time, it is for sure! I would definitely go back because the wetland exhibit looks like its gonna be awesome.
  • The zoo was nice. Native breeds shown. It's a growing zoo and you can tell they are putting effort into it. All the staff was nice and were all caring for the animals. It's a walk so bring good shoes. Expect little ones to tire out.

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