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Posted on: March 8, 2021

[ARCHIVED] Idaho Falls Zoo Sets 2021 Opening Day For April 10


Your Idaho Falls Zoo is excited to announce the 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: 

  • We expect a camel calf to join your zoo family very soon! Our female camel, Zasu, is pregnant and expected to deliver any day.
  • We’re 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. Trust us, you WILL want to make this your next social media profile picture! 
  • Weather permitting our special red panda, Marvin, will be returning to us along with his new mate, Tia. We’re hoping they will arrive before opening day. 
  • Help us 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 our 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 our 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, we plan to resume full operations this season including reopening our goat yard, hosting birthday parties and events, and offering our 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 our COVID procedures and safety precautions, we 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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Media Note: For more information or to schedule an interview with zoo staff, please contact City of Idaho Falls Public Information Officer, Bud Cranor at 208-612-8306 or at

About Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park:   With more than 330 individual animals representing 130 species from all around the globe, the Idaho Falls Zoo is known as the “Best Little Zoo in the West.” Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo participates in 44 Species Survival Plans. Learn more on our website

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