Park Avenue Waterline Project Begins May 31

Idaho Falls, ID – The City of Idaho Falls contracted with Knife River Corporation to repair the waterline on Park Avenue, between D and E Street. The project will begin on Tuesday, May 31.

A new waterline, fire hydrants, curb, gutter, sidewalk and paving will be installed.

Crews will work from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday – Friday.  There will be some night and weekend work. One lane will remain open for public travel during construction, but it will not be a paved surface.

Barring unforeseen conditions, the project should be completed by July 4.

Please watch for equipment and workers, follow all traffic signs and flaggers, and reduce speeds to posted limits.

For questions, call Dustin Park at (208) 941-8278 or Dirk Loveland at (208) 996-4589.

Additional information on City of Idaho Falls construction projects can be found on the homepage of the city’s website or by clicking HERE.

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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 embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.

A “Jewel” of an Exhibit and a New Baby Muntjac

Oh, the things you’ll see at the Idaho Falls Zoo this Weekend

On Saturday, May 28, Idaho Falls Zoo will open a new, limited-time snake exhibit – Jewels of Asia – which will feature three species of snakes never-before seen at the zoo.

From the vibrant colors of the Thai bamboo rat snake and the Mandarin rat snake, to the mystique and thrill of a pair of albino Burmese pythons – one six feet in length and the other eleven feet – guests will experience the beauty, anticipation, thrill and mystery of these amazing Asian snakes.

“Our team has been working very hard to construct this amazing new exhibit and bring these incredible snakes to our zoo,” says David Pennock, Idaho Falls Zoo Superintendent. “We can’t wait for our guests to experience their beauty!”

Jewels of Asia can only be seen May 28 through Labor Day, so don’t miss the opportunity to explore the incredible world of snakes at the Idaho Falls Zoo.

Snakes are not the only new attraction guests will see at the zoo this weekend. The zoo is proud to announce the birth of a female Reeves’s muntjac, a small brown deer from Asia with some very unique characteristics.  It is one of the smaller of the world’s deer species and is most active in the early morning and at night.  It is the oldest known deer species in the fossil record. The muntjac is known as the barking deer because of its strange call, and it is also called the vampire deer because it possesses elongated canine teeth.

The fawn weighs in at about 2 lbs., while an adult muntjac weighs in at about 25 lbs. Compare that to an adult mule deer which weighs around 130 lbs. “We are quite excited because the fawn is the first birth for this pair of deer at Idaho Falls Zoo,” says Linda Beard, Animal Care Supervisor.

“It’s the cutest baby I’ve ever seen!” says Aaron Young, the zookeeper who cares for the muntjacs.  You can see our newest addition staying close by her mom in the Little Asia exhibit.

Other Programs:

While at the zoo, don’t forget to stop by and visit our penguin keeper to schedule a short, up-close and personal interaction with our favorite feathered, black-footed friends. This program runs May 28 – Oct 9. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children ages 4-12 (children must be accompanied by an adult), plus zoo admission.  Guests can also call (208) 612-8422 during regular zoo operations for more information or to schedule an appointment.

The Animal Encounters Show will also start on Saturday, with daily performances through Labor Day. Visit with a zookeeper and receive more in-depth information about the animals during the daily Keeper Chats held at the Penguin Cove at 10 a.m. and at various locations around the zoo at 2 p.m.

Zoo Hours:

The zoo’s extended summer hours will start this weekend, May 28 – Labor Day.  We will open daily at 9 a.m. with last admission at 5 p.m. and grounds cleared at 6 p.m. The zoo will be open until 7 p.m. the first Fridays in July, August and September.

Admission to the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park is just $7.50 for adults (ages 13-61), $6 for seniors (62+), $4.50 for children (ages 4-12). Children 3 and under are free.  For more information visit the zoo online at www.idahofallszoo.org.

Follow Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Facebook page and the NEW Idaho Falls Zoo Facebook page!

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About Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park:  With more than 400 individual animals representing 110 species from all around the globe, the Idaho Falls Zoo has the largest collection of animals in the state of Idaho and is considered the “Best Little Zoo in the West.” Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo participates in 44 national Species Survival Plans. Learn more on our website.

Department of Defense Selects Idaho Falls as a Partner City to Honor the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

Veterans honored at May 30 Exchange Club’s Field of Honor Display

Idaho Falls, ID – The Department of Defense recently selected Idaho Falls as a partner city with 7,000 other communities in the United States to help honor the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War.  As a partner, the city will host a series of six events over the next three years.

One commemorative event has already been held, and the second event will take place during the Exchange Club’s Field of Honor Display on May 30 at Freeman Park. During that event, city officials will also be incorporating a Purple Heart City Proclamation that designates Idaho Falls as a Purple Heart City.

Idaho Falls City Councilman Ed Marohn states, “As a Vietnam veteran, I recognize this is as a unique honor to have the Department of Defense select Idaho Falls to help commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War and honor all veterans who served their country. No matter the discontent the war caused, Idahoans in the military served their country loyally – some making the supreme sacrifice.”

The May 30 event starts at 10 a.m. with the reading of the names of soldiers who died in combat, followed by opening remarks and the posting of colors at noon. Idaho Falls City Councilman David Smith, Senator Mike Crapo and a message from Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter will be shared.  Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper will read two proclamations designated Idaho Falls as a Purple Heart City and commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War. Idaho Falls City Councilmembers, Ed Marohn & Barbara Ehardt will also speak.

Presentations will be followed by a reading of the names of Idaho servicemen found on the State Vietnam War Memorial conducted by Vietnam Veterans of American Chapter 972.  A flyover will be provided by the Legacy Flight Museum, followed by a 21-gun salute by the American Legion and a performance by Stasia Acrobats. A complete schedule of events can be found on the Idaho Falls Exchange Club’s website.

“With Memorial Day approaching, we encourage everyone to take some time to honor the brave men and women in the military who have fallen before us, as well as those presently serving to protect us. Be it a moment of silence, decorating a gravestone, visiting a cemetery, attending the Field of Honor Memorial Flag Display hosted by the Exchange Club, or spending time with family and friends, this is a time to focus our appreciation,” states Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper.

Idaho Falls has a direct historical connection to the Vietnam War. The Idaho National Guard’s 116th Combat Engineer Battalion unit of Idaho Falls was one of only eight National Guard units nationally deployed to Vietnam in an era in which draftees and volunteers heavily filled the ranks in Vietnam.

The Department of the Army’s evaluation report dated September 18, 1969 states, ”The 116th Engineer Battalion (Combat) of the Idaho National Guard is the largest single National Guard unit to have seen duty in the Republic of Vietnam. The unit, with a majority of its personnel from the Idaho Falls area and the surrounding farm country, is further distinguished by having all of its personnel remain assigned to the unit for the entire tour with little infusion of other Army personnel.”

The battalion of 761 personnel deployed to Vietnam in August and September 1968. It finished its tour in September 1969. Individuals were awarded one Legion of Merit, 52 Bronze Stars, 228 Army Commendation Medals, and 31 Purple Hearts. By the end of its tour the unit was down to 635 personnel, partly from the attrition of 7 killed and 71 wounded.

The number of Americans who served in the Vietnam War equaled 2.59 million. American soldiers were in combat for an average of 240 days. The total American death toll was 58,169 with 304,000 wounded. Over 30 percent of those killed were draftees and 61 percent killed were 21 years old or younger.

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

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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 embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.

A Better Idaho

The City of Idaho Falls and Partnership for Science & Technology host contractor appreciation reception

Idaho Falls, ID – The community is invited to join the City of Idaho Falls and the Partnership for Science & Technology for a contractor reception on May 31 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Art Museum of Eastern Idaho, 300 S. Capital Avenue, Idaho Falls.

The reception is being held to express appreciation for the many years of outstanding effort by CH2M-WG Idaho and the Idaho Treatment Group in the operation of the Idaho Nuclear Technology and Engineering Complex and the Advanced Mixed Waste Treatment Project.

The event will feature remarks from the Department of Energy, City of Idaho Falls, and Partnership for Science & Technology, as well as community leaders expressing appreciation for the significant work accomplishments and corporate citizenry shown by the contractors.

Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper states, “I believe this event will offer a unique view of the breadth and overall magnitude of our contractor’s accomplishments over the last several years. I invite the community to join me in celebrating their significant commitment to creating a better Idaho.”

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

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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 embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.

Idaho Falls City Council Directs Staff to Begin Fiber Discussions

Idaho Falls, ID – Following more than a decade of successful public/private partnerships in the City of Idaho Falls fiber optic network, City Council heard options for the future of that network at today’s work session. After the discussion, council members directed staff to engage the citizens of Idaho Falls in a conversation about the options for expanding the city’s high-speed broadband fiber access directly to the home.

Idaho Falls Power issued a request for qualifications in 2015 to evaluate expansion options for the city’s existing dark fiber network and to identify potential alternatives associated with expanding high speed broadband connectivity to the home.

“Recognizing that home broadband use is experiencing exponential growth – doubling every three years – it was appropriate for us to identify the types of options that exist for promoting high speed broadband connectivity to homes as we contemplate the future of our existing network,” says Idaho Falls Power General Manager Jackie Flowers.

The proposal was awarded to Finley Engineering Company in August 2015 for $56,904. Finley teamed with CCG Consulting to refresh the business model of the city’s fiber optic enterprise and contemplate options for continued expansion, with a focus on fiber connectivity directly to the home. The consulting team presented options for the city’s fiber optic network to the Idaho Falls City Council earlier this afternoon.

The feasibility study not only looked at the cost of building fiber everywhere in the city, but also evaluated the cost of electronics and other assets needed to build and operate a fiber network and what level of penetration rate would be needed to make each option economically viable.

A variety of scenarios were reviewed, ranging from the city being the ISP (Internet Service Provider) to numerous ways that a commercial provider might perform in the city, as well as at an open access network where the city builds the network and multiple ISPs provide the services.

  • City operating the enterprise as an internet service provider based on various public finance options – requires 29 percent penetration rate.
  • City partnering with either an existing or new internet service provider – requires 40 percent penetration rate and privately financed network expansion.
  • Public private partnership with either an existing or new internet service provider – requires 40 percent penetration rate and a combination of publicly and privately financed network expansion.
  • Internet service provider “cherry picking” areas of town most likely able to afford connectivity (also known as the “Google model”) – requires a 35 percent penetration rate and privately financed network expansion.
  • Open access network – building off the existing business model where end use customer choose from multiple providers – publicly financed network expansion with no break even potential.

A series of public information sessions will be held this fall to present the detailed findings of the consultant’s report. “If, after reviewing the report, the citizens of Idaho Falls want us to move forward, we will consider next steps.  We are excited to engage the public in this conversation,” states Flowers.

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

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About Idaho Falls Power:  Idaho Falls Power is a municipal electric utility serving the corporate city limits of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The City has operated the utility continuously since its establishment in 1900. Learn more on our website.

About Finley Engineering: Finley Engineering has more than 60 years of communications and electric power engineering experience and nearly 30 years of experience with fiber communication and data projects – including municipal systems.  Finley provides services in telecom/broadband (voice, video and data) and is acknowledged as a communications industry leader with recognition from numerous national organizations for their contributions to the industry.  Over the past six years, Broadband Properties Magazine has named Finley in its Top 100 Broadband Companies in America.

About CCG Consulting: Finley has sub-consulted with CCG Consulting the premiere full service consultant for small communication carriers including municipal systems.  CCG has been in business since 1997 and has worked with more than 800 carriers including commercial and municipal entities.  CCG’s Founder and President, Doug Dawson, has created hundreds of financial plans and has a keen understanding of identifying business opportunities that can succeed.  That strong business focus has led to an in depth analysis for Idaho Falls Power that includes a rigorous review of the business case for each option considered. CCG has been named by Broadband Communities Magazine for two years as a member of the Fiber-To-The-Home Top 100 list of leaders and innovators in this arena. 

Idaho Falls Explores Options to Provide Fiber Optic Connectivity Directly to the Home

Idaho Falls, ID – In 2015, Idaho Falls Power solicited proposals from consultants to refresh the business model of the city’s fiber optic enterprise and contemplate options for continued expansion, with a focus on fiber connectivity directly to the home.

A consulting team will be presenting the many expansion options available to the Idaho Falls City Council at an afternoon work session on Monday, May 23. The meeting will begin at 2 p.m., and the full agenda and schedule will be posted the Friday before. The public is invited to attend or watch the meeting via the city’s live video internet stream.

The feasibility study, conducted by Finley Engineering and CCG Consulting, not only looked at the cost of building fiber everywhere in the city, but also evaluated the cost of electronics and other assets needed to expand the city’s fiber network.

A variety of scenarios were researched, ranging from the city being the ISP (Internet Service Provider) to numerous ways that a commercial provider might perform in the city, as well as at an open access network where the city builds the network and multiple ISPs provide the services.

“Idaho Falls’ city officials believe that high speed broadband connectivity is a necessary 21st Century infrastructure offering,” states Mayor Rebecca Casper. “The results of this thorough study will poise the city to consider next steps for its already successful fiber network,” adds Casper.

Idaho Falls initially pursued construction of its fiber optic network in earnest in 2002 to enable business connectivity, knowing that the service was critical to global competitiveness and economic development. “Since that time, our network has been embraced by service providers and the business community,” states Jackie Flowers, Idaho Falls Power General Manager. “We have enjoyed a successful public/private partnership in our fiber optic enterprise for well over a decade,” adds Flowers.

The city’s current fiber infrastructure has not only improved operational efficiencies for the city and its utilities, but it has also facilitated economic development, competitive internet service rates and helped maintain city rights-of-way.

Today, nearly 400 business locations are connected to the Idaho Falls fiber network with service being provided by seven private ISPs. “Many of our end-use customers are unaware that they are connected to the Idaho Falls network because we are the backbone that the service providers use to serve their customers,” says Flowers.

The current fiber network enables voice, video and data service including access to high speed bandwidth internet (speeds in excess of 1 gigabit) and voice over internet protocol.  The network also promotes video on demand and digital high-definition programming.

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

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About Idaho Falls Power:  Idaho Falls Power is a municipal electric utility serving the corporate city limits of Idaho Falls, Idaho. The City has operated the utility continuously since its establishment in 1900. Learn more on our website.

Family Fun Adventure Ride

Looking for a free family fun event this weekend? Join the Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department and the Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO) for a Fun Family Adventure Bike Ride.  Prizes are valued at over $1,000, including three bikes!

Bring the family down to Snake River Landing this Saturday, May 21. Registration begins at 10 a.m., and the event starts at 10:30 a.m. and ends back at Snake River Landing at noon. No pre-registration is required, and the event is free for the entire family!

The adventure begins by giving all participants clues to strategically placed raffle tickets along the River Walk and through downtown Idaho Falls.  Once riders have found their tickets, they will receive their next clue and be on their way to the next stop.

A shorter route is available for beginners and families with younger children, and a longer route is available for more conditioned riders.  After participants solve all of their clues, they will return to the pier in Snake River Landing and place their raffle tickets into a drawing for prizes.

“The Adventure Ride is a great way to acclimate beginner cyclists to the Idaho Falls trail system while providing the more seasoned rides with another opportunity to get out and ride and enjoy the many improvements along the River Walk,” says PJ Holm, Recreation Superintendent for the City of Idaho Falls. “A hardy thanks goes out to our co-hosts and sponsors who helped make this event possible,” adds Holm.

This fun biking event is part of National Bike Month and is sponsored and co-hosted by the Idaho Falls Civitan Club, Idaho Falls Parks and Recreation Department, BMPO, Idaho Falls Community Pathways, Snake River Landing, Bill’s Bike and Run, Idaho Mountain Trading and Dave’s Bike Shop.

The City of Idaho Falls is also hosting the Mayors’ Family Bike Ride on Monday, May 23 at 5:30 p.m. This biking event is also free and open to the public. The ride will begin at the falls overlook on River Parkway.

Participants are encouraged to bring helmets, sunscreen and water to both biking events.

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Mayors’ Family Bike Ride & West Side River Walk Improvement Project Ribbon Cutting

Idaho Falls, ID: The City of Idaho Falls will again host this year’s Mayors’ Family Bike Ride. The event will start at 5:30 p.m. on May 23 with a ribbon cutting by the Greater Idaho Falls Chamber of Commerce, followed by a family bike ride around the river at 6:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

“We are excited to show off this section of the River Walk trail,” states Mayor Rebecca Casper. “The old trail was well-used and worn out in spots. This new stretch is expected to serve the walking and biking public well. I hope lots of bike riders come out on Monday.  It makes for a great family activity.”

The ride begins at the falls overlook and continues around a 5-6 mile stretch around the River Walk, stopping along the way to discuss future developments, including the east side improvement project and Heritage Park. Participants are encouraged to bring helmets, sunscreen and water.

The Bonneville Metropolitan Planning Organization (BMPO) provides transportation planning for the cities of Ammon, Idaho Falls, Iona & Ucon, as well as the urbanized portions of Bonneville County.  The Mayors’ Family Bike Ride is a joint city/BMPO effort to help promote National Bike Month and city-wide wellness and is held annually in a rotating host city.

This year’s ride is hosted by the City of Idaho Falls. It is sponsored by Bill’s Bike Shop, Dave’s Bike Shop, Live Well Eastern Idaho, BMPO, Idaho Falls Community Pathways, Idaho Mountain Trading and Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation.

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

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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 embraces a small town charm. Our skyline consists of the majestic Teton Mountain Range, and in our backyard is the world’s most famous national park – Yellowstone. As the regional center for healthcare, science & technology, shopping and entertainment, Idaho Falls is an attractive location for small and large businesses alike. Idaho Falls consistently finds itself listed in the top ten rankings of many prestigious magazines, newspapers and professional community research publications.  Learn more on our website.

Idaho Falls – 2016 Playful City USA Community

257 communities exhibiting playability to be recognized as part of 2016 Playful City USA Program

 

Idaho Falls, ID – For the second year in a row, the city of Idaho Falls is being honored as a Playful City USA. The city was first recognized in 2015. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the national recognition program honors cities and towns across the country for making their cities more playable.

“As a city, we are honored to be among those selected as a Playful City USA,” states Idaho Falls Mayor Rebecca Casper. “We remain ever-committed to serving the needs of residents and visitors alike by offering recreational activities and open spaces to facilitate active lifestyles,” adds Casper.

The Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department is responsible for a myriad of city facilities and programs including three championship golf courses, the Wes Deist Aquatic Center, Joe Marmo/Wayne Lehto Ice Arena, Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park, Idaho Falls Recreation Center, Idaho Falls Raceway at Noise Park, Activity Center and numerous programs and athletic leagues.

New programs offered include science and technology workshops, an adult soccer league, sand volleyball, Red Cross WSI swim lessons, a dirt bike clinic, a walking club, power skating clinics, adult tennis lessons and pickleball – bringing the list of programs and special events to well over 200 annually. Several traditional recreational programs are also offered throughout the year.

“We’re proud to be recognized as part of the Playful City USA program,” states Greg A. Weitzel, Director of Parks & Recreation. “We recognize that play results in significant health benefits for both children and adults, and with great community partnerships, Idaho Falls will continue to make strides to becoming a healthier city,” adds Weitzel.

Communities across the country are creating innovative ways to bring back play and attract residents through family friendly activities. Interactive sidewalk art, designated play spaces on trails and the transformation of schoolyards into active play areas are just a few examples of how cities are becoming more playful.

“We are thrilled to recognize these communities that have invested their time and efforts to put kids first,” said KaBOOM! CEO James Siegal. “Balanced and active play is crucial to the well-being of kids and the communities that they thrive in. By integrating play into cities, the leaders of Playful Cities USA are working to attract and retain the thousands of families that want homes in close proximity to safe places to play,” added Siegal.

To learn more about these cities, see the full list of the 257 communities named 2016 Playful City USA honorees, or to gather more information on the Playful City USA program, visit www.playfulcityusa.org. We also encourage you to take part in the conversation on #playability with these thought leaders on Twitter and Facebook.

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

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About Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation: The mission of the City of Idaho Falls Parks & Recreation Department is to provide quality parks and recreation opportunities based upon cost efficiency and community needs. Learn more on our website.

May Events at the Idaho Falls Zoo

From the opening of “Jewels of Asia” to a very special day in honor of our armed forces, the Idaho Falls Zoo has plenty to offer their guests through the month of May. Check out the schedule below, and don’t forget to follow the NEW Idaho Falls Zoo Facebook page!

May 14: International Migratory Bird Day

Learn about migratory birds and their habitats at several “migration stations” located throughout the zoo. Activities are geared toward children, ages 5-12. The event runs from 1–4 p.m. and is included with a paid zoo admission or TPZS membership. Learn more about International Migratory Bird Day at www.birdday.org.

May 21: Armed Forces Day

In appreciation of the service provided to our country by members of the armed forces, the Idaho Falls Zoo is proud to provide free admission to the zoo for all former or active military personnel, along with free admission for one of their guests. Also, the KIDZ Co. show choir will perform at 10:30 a.m. in honor of our armed forces.

May 21: Endangered Species Day

Extinction is forever. Learn about caring for some of the world’s rarest animals and what you can do to support wildlife conservation. The event runs from 1–4 p.m. and is included with a paid zoo admission or TPZS membership.

May 28: Opening of “Jewels of Asia”

Come and experience some impressive and colorful snakes from Asia, featuring an 11-foot albino Burmese python. This temporary exhibit will run from May 28 – Sept. 5.

Summer Hours: The zoo will move to their summer hours May 28 – Sept. 5. Gates will open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. The zoo is cleared at 6 p.m. Keeper Chats occur daily at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Animal Encounter shows run weekdays at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., and Sundays at 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Admission to the Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park is just $7.50 for adults (ages 13-61), $6 for seniors (62+), $4.50 for children (ages 4-12). Children 3 and under are free.  For more information visit the zoo online at www.idahofallszoo.org.

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About Idaho Falls Zoo at Tautphaus Park:  With more than 400 individual animals representing 110 species from all around the globe, the Idaho Falls Zoo has the largest collection of animals in the state of Idaho and is considered the “Best Little Zoo in the West.” Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, the zoo participates in 44 national Species Survival Plans. Learn more on our website.