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Construction On Schedule at Zoo Boise

Brick building with dirt around the outside and orange construction fencing

The new E.O. Wilson Building

Crews are hard at work on some exciting changes at Zoo Boise.

The zoo, which is managed by Boise Parks and Recreation, is expanding about 1.5 acres into Julia Davis Park to include a brand new exhibit highlighting Zoo Boise’s conservation partnership with Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique.

The new section of the zoo will be named in honor of the southeast African park, and visitors to Zoo Boise will be able to see Nile crocodiles, African wild dogs, baboons, otters, hyenas and an aviary of African birds. The goal of the new exhibit is to teach visitors about how conservation funds generated by ticket sales and other Zoo Boise attractions have helped fund restoration projects and increase wildlife numbers in Gorongosa National Park.

“This partnership between Zoo Boise and Gorongosa has been successful since its inception more than a decade ago,” said Gene Peacock, Zoo Boise executive director. “Last year, citizens helped us raise about $300,000 for wildlife protection efforts across the globe, including in Mozambique. That’s a huge accomplishment and something Boiseans should be proud of.”

The new exhibit will also tell the story of the agricultural, medical and educational programs that are in place to partner with the people in Mozambique. It will be a way for people in the City of Trees to learn about all the components of a real life conservation project as it unfolds across the globe.

Although winter is fast approaching, construction is on schedule and crews have made good progress on the new wild dog and hyena building and posts have been installed for new shaded entrance areas to the Gorongosa exhibit. Walls are also up on the exhibit’s new event space and several other buildings.


The Aviary

The Wild Dog/Hyena Exhibit

The Wild Dog/Hyena Exhibit

The New Stage Area

In addition to the construction toward the back of the zoo, visitors to Zoo Boise will notice construction up front where several popular, but aging exhibits once stood. This area will be transformed into a new exhibit focused on the Annamite Mountain Range, which is located near Laos and Cambodia in southeast Asia. Once completed in 2019, this area will be home to gibbons and the zoo’s popular Sarus crane, among other animals.

The zoo has used conservation funds to support preservation projects in the Annamites, so visitors will find opportunities to learn about that partnership in the new exhibit. There will also be a large 500-seat event stage, giving Zoo Boise staff the ability to host a broad range of events throughout the year.

The zoo is open year-round and remains open during construction. The new Gorongosa exhibit and additional exhibit construction projects were largely funded by private donors.

A groundbreaking event was held in April 2018.

New animals for the soon-to-be expanded zoo are scheduled to start arriving in the spring of 2019. Meanwhile, the new Gorongosa National Park exhibit is slated to open in the summer.

Stay up to date on construction at the zoo by following the staff’s construction blog.

Learn more about Zoo Boise and its conservation mission by visiting

Group of 30 people with shovels breaking ground in dirt/grass area with bulldozer behind them.

2018 Groundbreaking

Published: December 11, 2018