As a sponsor of Zoo Boise, Peterson Toyota is spreading the word. Did you realize Zoo Boise is one of the most causal and innovative in the country? Many zoos are looking at Boise as the model for animal conservation.
It started back in 2007 when Zoo Boise became the first zoo in the country to create a conservation fee. According to Zoo Boise “The 50¢ fee, charged in addition to the admission price, was designed to fund conservation projects taking place in Idaho and around the world. More importantly it changed the purpose of a zoo visit—empowering visitors to help save the very creatures they were seeing. Additional mechanisms were created, including a conservation fee on memberships, the chance to feed a giraffe or a bear in exchange for a small fee, the opportunity to take a conservation cruise to see monkeys or feed goats and sheep in our Zoo Farm. All these little conservation fees, multiplied by our hundreds of thousands of visitors, have now generated more than $2 million to date for the conservation of animals around the world.” These conservation funds have been used to help restore animal populations and Gorongosa park in Mozambique, Africa as well as to help restore the foothills after last year’s fire.
According to the zoo, “The number of lions in Africa has fallen from 400,000 twenty years ago to 30,000 today. There are only 3,200 tigers left in the wild. Only 25,000 rhinos. Only 1,200 giant pandas. If you take the combined wild population of elephants, lions, tigers, rhinos, gorillas, chimpanzees, orangutans, polar bears, giant pandas, hippos, and giraffe, the total is less than the population of the State of Idaho. If you remove elephants from that list, the total is less than the number of people living in the Treasure Valley.”
Recently Idaho Philanthropist, Greg Carr, one of Zoo Boise’s donor’s and Gorongosa Restoration Project catalysts, was in Boise to discuss Zoo Boise’s upcoming Gorongosa exhibit which will break ground at Zoo Boise in March 2018. Carr has dedicated millions of dollars and much of his time to restoring Gorongosa in Africa. He’s betting it can become the central “economic engine” to the poor people of the region while improving animal populations. It made perfect sense to honor Zoo Boise’s conservation partner, Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique with an exhibit at Zoo Boise.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Treasure Valley community, Friends of Zoo Boise raised $8.9 million goal for the Zoo with a New View Capital Campaign.It will fund the construction of the 2.5 acre Gorongosa National Park Exhibit expanding the zoo’s size by 1.5 acres. The Primate House and aviaries at the zoo will also be replaced by new visitor amenities and animal exhibits.