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Zoo Boise to host Wildlife Conservation Expo

The event is being billed as a celebration of the $1 million Zoo Boise visitors have generated to support wildlife conservation projects in Idaho and around the world.

It is scheduled to run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 at the Boise State University Student Union Building, according to a Boise Parks and Recreation news release.

Conservation groups will make 20-minute presentations about 14 projects that have received money from the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund. Presenters will be available for questions after each talk.  Ticket holders will be able to hear eight talks given by the groups. Some of the organizations will have items for sale to support their work.

Admission to Zoo Boise includes a .50 fee that goes to support wildlife conservation around the world. Additional money comes from a $5 annual fee included in membership dues. Zoo Boise was the first zoo in the country to establish this type of wildlife conservation program, Boise Parks and Recreation spokeswoman Amy Stahl said.

Conservation partners participating in the Wildlife Conservation Expo include:


  • ·         Center for Ecosystem Survival – Rainforests
  • ·         College of Idaho – Southern Idaho Ground Squirrels
  • ·         Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness – Wolverines
  • ·         International Rhino Foundation
  • ·         Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project
  • ·         New Nature Foundation – Chimpanzees
  • ·         Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo – Lemurs
  • ·         The Peregrine Fund – Andean Condors
  • ·         Snow Leopard Trust
  • ·         Turtle Survival Alliance – Radiated Tortoises
  • ·         University of Idaho – Pygmy Rabbits
  • ·         Wildlife SOS – Sloth Bears
  • ·         Wildlife Conservation Society – Amur Tigers
  • ·         Zoo Conservation Outreach Group – Three Wattled Bellbird

There will also be a special video presentation about Gorongosa National Park

Wildlife Conservation Expo tickets are $9 general admission, $7 for students.  Tickets are available online at zooboise.org, by phone at 384-4125 ext. 209 or via email at rhultman@cityofboise.org. Programs are suitable for children age 8 and older.

For more information on the zoo’s wildlife conservation fund, visit www.zooboise.org/zooboiseconservationfund.aspx.


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