Idaho Falls, ID – It’s a year for birthdays and anniversaries! Not only are we celebrating the city’s 150th anniversary, but also the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park’s 80th birthday! The zoo is excited to celebrate this milestone by announcing the birth of a female zebra foal, born at the zoo on Friday, July 17.
“We are thrilled to have another addition to our zebra herd,” says Interim Zoo Superintendent, Linda Beard. “This is the third baby born to our zebra mare, and the 18th foal fathered by our 24-year-old zebra stallion. What better way to celebrate the zoo’s 80th birthday than with a new animal birth!”
The zoo staff would like to invite the community to join them in their celebration by participating in the history picture contest that can be found on the Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation Facebook page. “Search your closets and attics, open those dusty boxes, visit with parents and grandparents and see what you can find!” states Beard.
To qualify, the photos must have been taken in the zoo before the major renovations took place in the early 1990s, and multiple qualified photos can be submitted. Photos can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with the photo date (if known), participant’s name and contact information. The contest deadline is Friday, Aug. 7.
The photos will then be gathered and judged by a group of zoo enthusiasts for authenticity, uniqueness and age. The contest winner will receive a pass for up to six people to an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo.
In 1934, the city of Idaho Falls purchased land in Tautphaus Park, then called “City Park,” and in 1935 the first zoo animals were brought to the park. Log buildings were erected throughout the park and financed as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. Some of these buildings can still be seen on zoo grounds and now serve as an education center and a storage barn.
In 1998, Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park became the first zoo in Idaho to be accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
For more information about zoo programs, classes or registration, visit the Idaho Falls Zoo online or contact the Education Department at (208) 612-8418 or via email at email@example.com. Guests are also invited to visit our staff at the gift shop, open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Media Note: For additional information or to schedule an interview with zoo staff, contact Kerry McCullough, Public Information Officer at (208) 612-8122.
About Idaho Falls: Situated along the Snake River at the western edge of the world famous Rocky Mountains, Idaho Falls has all the features of big city living, but still embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, shopping, and entertainment, Idaho Falls is attractive to small and large businesses alike and consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications. Visit us online!
About Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park Zoo: The Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park, founded in 1935, is dedicated to preserving wildlife and educating and entertaining zoo guests. Located in Tautphaus Park off South Blvd, the zoo is home to over 350 animals of 120 plus different species exhibited in a variety of naturalistic displays. For more information, visit the zoo online.