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Posted on: April 11, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Oh Baby! Idaho Falls Zoo Opens this Weekend

AltTextIdaho Falls Zoo will open Saturday, April 15 at 9:00 a.m. for the 2017 season. The stork has made several new deliveries to the zoo just in time for opening day, including a male sloth bear cub, four new wallaby joeys and a male Bactrian camel calf.

The zoo family was excited to welcome a male camel calf to the family born on March 6. He is with his parents in the camel exhibit and is doing well. His mother, Zazu, is especially proud of him!

While you’re at the zoo, be sure to spend some time at the Asian sloth bear exhibit to watch the antics of the five month-old cub, especially when he rides on his mother’s back which is an endearing trait unique to sloth bears. “Guests will have a great time watching his playful antics as his mother, Priya, patiently educates him in the ways of being a sloth bear,” states Curator of Education, Sunny Katseanes.

Also new to the zoo this year are brightly colored animal information signs uniquely designed for each species in the zoo. The signs feature a fresh, easy-to-read format that includes fun facts and the international conservation status of the animal species.

Make the most of this season and enjoy benefits and discounts at over 200 zoos and aquariums across the country by getting a zoo membership. For more information, visit

We are so excited to see you all at the zoo starting April 15!


AltTextStay informed of zoo fun, announcements, activities and specials by following the Idaho Falls Zoo on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. To receive all City of Idaho Falls News, including zoo announcements, simply click on the Notify Me button on the homepage.

Spring and summer recreation enthusiast can now learn about a myriad of recreation activities, community events, youth & adult programs and sports in the recently released 2017 Discover Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation Guide.  More than 25,000 copies will be distributed to local businesses, the state building, city facilities and in our FREE distribution racks located at Sunnyside Park, Community Park, the Idaho Falls Zoo, Japanese Friendship Gardens, Idaho Falls Library, Wes Deist Aquatic Center, Ryder Park, Civitan Plaza and multiple locations along the River Walk.

Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with zoo staff, contact Public Information Officer, Kerry Hammon.


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