Zoo Boise connects our visitors with animals to inspire and involve our community in the conservation of wildlife worldwide. Zoo Boise is a service of the City of Boise and is supported by the Friends of Zoo Boise, a 501(c)(3) membership organization that supports Zoo Boise in the area of animal acquisition, capital improvement projects, education programs, volunteer opportunities, and special events. The goal of each of these components is to increase public awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the zoo, wild animals, animal habitats, species conservation, and the environment.
Zoo Boise is accredited by the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA). Look for the AZA logo whenever you visit a zoo or aquarium as your assurance that you are supporting a facility dedicated to providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for you, and a better future for all living things. More than 350,000 visitors come through Zoo Boise’s gates each year. We depend on our dedicated volunteers to provide a fun, educational, and conservation-driven experience for each and every person that comes to Zoo Boise.
Whether interpreting exhibits, assisting animal care staff, aiding with education programs, greeting guests, or helping with special events, volunteers are a crucial part of turning the act of visiting the Zoo into conservation action. No prior animal experience is required, but a passion for wildlife and conservation is. Zoo Boise doesn’t run on admission prices alone. We depend on the generous support of individuals, foundations, and corporations to help make Zoo Boise one of the best small zoos in the country.