Children's Zoo

This is an awesome area just for kids and the young at heart! Our Children's Zoo farm yard features exotic farm animals from around the world. Get right up close and personal with our sheep and goats in the contact yard, or explore what it's like to be a bird in our interactive playground the "Eggceptional Eggsplorer's Eggsperience." 

Our interactive playground is open during regular zoo hours. The sheep and goat contact yard is open from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 

Exhibit Animals

View photos of animals on exhibit at the Idaho Falls Zoo (PDF).
Scientific Name
Alpaca Lama pacos
Barbados Black-bellied Sheep Ovis aries
Call Duck Anas platyrhynchos domestic call
Common Peafowl Pavo cristatus
Llama Lama glama
Nigerian Dwarf Goat Capra hircus domestic nigerian
Nubian Goat Capra hircus aegagrus
Sardinian Donkey Equus asinus domestic sardinian
Vietnamese Pot-bellied Pig Sus scrofa
Wyandotte Chicken Gallus gallus domestic
Yak Bos grunniens

Animal Ambassadors

While many of these animals are housed in our off-exhibit areas, not accessible to the public, they enjoy coming out on zoo grounds from time to time. Our Animal Ambassadors can be seen at some Exploration Stations, in our Zoomobile program and at other presentations and events on zoo grounds.

 Animal Ambassador
Scientific Name
African Pancake Tortoise Malacochersus tornieri
African Pygmy Hedgehog Atelerix albiventris
Ball Python Python regius
Barred Owl Strix varia
Bearded Dragon Pogona vitticeps 
Black-headed Parrot Pionites melanocephalus
Brown Rat Rattus norvegicus domestica
Chilean Rose Tarantula Grammostola rosea
Crested Gecko Correlophus ciliatus
Curly Haired Tarantula Brachypelma albopilosum
Domestic Ferret Mustela putorius
Domestic Rabbit Oryctolagus cuniculus domestic
Long-tailed Chinchilla Chinchilla lanigera
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach Gromphadorhina portentosa
Northern Blue-tongued Skink Tiliqua scincoides intermedia
Ornate Horned Frog Ceratophrys ornate 
Rose-breasted Cockatoo Eolophus roseicapilla
Three-banded Armadillo Tolypetes matacus