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Posted on: May 30, 2019

Zoo Idaho Seeks Public Comments on 20-Year Master Plan

The animals at Zoo Idaho.

Zoo Idaho wants your input on what’s ahead for its next two decades. 


Staff is taking the public’s feedback on Zoo Idaho’s 20-year master plan. The document is a long-term vision built on Zoo Idaho’s mission of preserving Intermountain West wildlife and habitat through conservation and education.


“The master plan is a living document that will guide present and future development within Zoo Idaho,” said Peter Pruett. “It is not etched in stone and can be changed based on the zoo’s needs or when other opportunities present themselves.”


The plan outlines the current state of Zoo Idaho and lays out multiple projects that would improve the living space of animals at the zoo as well as the visitor experience.  


“The plan is full of proposed improvements that are significant and transformative for Zoo Idaho,” said John Banks, Parks and Recreation Director. “All recommendations were carefully developed with a mindset of achieving world-class quality while being cost conscious. We’re excited to hear what the public thinks about the draft plan.”  


To view the 20-year master plan, visit bit.ly/2WcFD8W. Comments will be accepted at bit.ly/2wuXqsk. Written comments can be turned in to the Zoo Administration Building, 3101 Avenue of the Chiefs, during business hours, mailed to Zoo Idaho, 3101 Avenue of the Chiefs, Pocatello, ID 83204, or emailed to yourzoo@pocatello.us. 


Comments will be accepted through June 30. 


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.


The 20-year master plan was developed by the staff at Zoo Idaho, members of the Zoo Idaho Zoological Society, and employees of the City of Pocatello Parks and Recreation Department. 


Zoo Idaho is now open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission to the zoo is free for ages 0 to 2, $4.00 for ages 3 to 11, $6.00 for ages 12 to 59, and $4.50 for ages 60 and up.


For more information on Zoo Idaho, visit zooidaho.org or like the Zoo Idaho Facebook page at facebook.com/ZooIdaho


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