by Kevin Hughes
on Thursday, July 14th, 2011 at 3:55pm.
From water skiing, to horseback riding there are so many activities that all can enjoy. For animal lovers, a trip to Zoo Boise (located not far from many Boise communities), will turn your animal senses loose! The zoo has opened a new exhibit this year called “Animals of the Pampas”.
Several of these interesting species will be housed in this new exhibit, including:
Giant Anteater – This odd-looking animal can grow to over 100 pounds with a tongue that can stretch for almost two feet! Rhea – This large flightless bird looks a lot like an ostrich or emu. It can weigh upwards of 80 pounds, and even though it cannot fly, it uses its wings like sails when it runs. Kinkajou – Any one who has been freaked out by a raccon rumaging through the backyard of their Boise home Maned wolf – This creature looks like a long-legged fox. This rare species ranges from two to four feet in height and can weigh up to 75 pounds. The maned wolf has a dark patch of fur on the back of its neck from which it gets its name.
Things to Consider When Visiting the Zoo Visiting hours in the summer are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
-This zoo has called Boise home since 1916 when it received a gift of some rare birds from a local club and inherited a chimpanzee from a traveling circus. Over time, the zoo grew, but in the early 1960s, it was in danger of being closed due to neglect.
-The Idaho Zoological Society was formed (now known as the Friends of Zoo Boise), to help preserve this local treasure. This non-profit Society created several programs to raise public awareness and secure funds to make improvements to the zoo.
-In September 2002, through the extensive efforts of the Society, the zoo received the prestigious accreditation with the American Zoo & Aquarium Association (AZA) and now boasts more than 280 animals to delight all those living in the Boise, Idaho real estate.