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Idaho Falls Zoo Sets 2021 Opening Day For April 10

Published online: Mar 08, 2021 Articles, Lifestyle
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IDAHO FALLS -- The Idaho Falls Zoo will reopen for the 2021 season on Saturday, April 10 at 9:30 a.m. 

This season, Idaho Falls Zoo will be open daily from 9:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., including holidays.

A few things to look forward to this season: 

  • A camel calf is expected to join your zoo family very soon! The zoo's female camel, Zasu, is pregnant and expected to deliver any day.
  • The zoo is making some exciting updates to Penguin Cove including adding more viewing windows and installing a really cool penguin selfie station! Get up-close-and-personal with life-sized mock-ups of penguins from around the world. 
  • Weather permitting the zoo's special red panda, Marvin, will be returning along with his new mate, Tia.  
  • Help the zoo welcome four new goats to the herd! Come say hello to the Breakfast Club: Pancake, Waffles, Maple, and Muffin. Stay tuned to the zoo Facebook page for our ever-popular “running of the goats” video coming later in March. This is a fun way to see how the zoo's goat friends move from their winter holding to the Children’s Zoo contact yard.
  • There’s a new fella in town...Diego! He’s a guanaco (a relative of the llama) who joined the zoo's herd in the Patagonian Realm this winter. He’s quite friendly and has made a big impact on our small guanaco herd.

At this time, the zoo plan to resume full operations this season including reopening their goat yard, hosting birthday parties and events, and offering their Penguin Interaction Program. Education programs (camps, classes) as well as fundraisers like Zoo Brew and Boo at the Zoo are also anticipated to resume this year. 

In terms of COVID procedures and safety precautions, the zoo will be following recommendations established by Eastern Idaho Public Health and the City of Idaho Falls. 

Stay informed on the fun at the zoo: follow the Idaho Falls Zoo on Facebook, Instagram, Google, and YouTube; subscribe to zoo notices under Notify Me on the City’s website,, and visit the zoo at


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