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|Land area||25 acres (10 ha)|
|No. of animals||145|
|No. of species||40|
Zoo Idaho opened in 1932 with attractions consisting of a monkey and a raccoon held in two small wire pens. The animals were donated for display by their owner, twelve-year-old John Marshall. He and his grandfather, William Raymond, the Parks Department director, trapped most of the animals locally.
Today the zoo has more than 100 animals representing about 40 different species. "It is one of two zoos in the United States specializing in animals native to the Intermountain West." Zoo Idaho is the only zoo to incorporate the Shoshone-Bannock tribal culture into its program and design. The zoo itself sits on a natural landscape covering 25 acres (10 ha) in Ross Park. For many of the exhibits there is a 40-foot (12 m) high lava cliff as a backdrop. The cliff divides the zoo into two levels known as Upper and Lower Ross Park.
There is learning and fun for all ages with the zoo's 900-square-foot (84 m2) tree house, 30-foot (9.1 m) high teepee, and petting area of barnyard animals. During the school year the zoo has established the Zoo Outreach Program, where employees bring a "piece of the zoo" into the classrooms of 3,000 school children each year. An additional 3,000 students visit the zoo on field trips in April and May alone. Zoo Idaho also has spring and summer programs and camps. The zoo holds these educational and entertaining events in the outdoor classroom called the Tall Tales Tent.
Visitor walkways are steep, some not meeting ADA regulations. Also, there are no permanent restrooms or food services. The most popular exhibit, the Grizzlies, is also the most criticized exhibit. The zoo's 15-year plan estimates a cost of $15-$20 million. The total of Phase One will cost $2.5 million. 'Charlies' Place' will be a minimum of $1.9 million. The rest will go to the walkways, entrance, restrooms, gift shop, patio and a snack bar. Proceeds from the snack bar and gift shop will cover operation and maintenance costs associated with new and enhanced exhibits. The new Lynx exhibit is well under way with donations from the community.
|B.||Pedestrian Walkways, Landscaping and Graphics||$92,525|
|E.||Design and Contingency||$390,000|
|F.||ADA Accessibility Compliance||$100,000|
|G.||Entrance, Restrooms, Snack Bar, Gift Shop||$220,000|
|H.||Accreditation - American Zoo and Aquarium Association||$75,000|
|I.||Education Animal Holding||$25,000|
|J.||Campaign Expenses (estimated at 10%)||$227,000|
|Total - Priority 1||$2,500,000|