Zoo Idaho officially opens for the season April 2

ZooImagePOCATELLO — Zoo Idaho’s 2016 season will get its start this weekend. On April 2 at 10 a.m. the gates will be opened, officially welcoming visitors for the new year.

Enter through the Zoo Education Building at 3101 Avenue of the Chiefs near the Pocatello Animal Shelter. Admission is $5.75 for ages 12 to 59, $4.50 for seniors ages 60 and older and $3.75 for children ages 3 to 11. Infants ages birth to 2 get in free.

This year will mark the debut of several improvements at Zoo Idaho. Additional fencing has been added around the grizzly bear exhibit that will allow guests to have a better view of the bears, Shoni and Stripes.

The raccoons have moved into a newly renovated exhibit next to the turkey vulture. Also making a move was the bobcat who now calls the old lynx exhibit home.

Work is also continuing on the zoo’s entrance along South Second Avenue. A new Americans with Disabilities Act pathway is scheduled to be in place by mid-May while landscaping will go into the summer months. Another new walkway will be constructed from the entrance to the bighorn and mountain goat exhibits.

Officials also say construction will begin this spring on new exhibits for the golden eagle and bald eagle, with construction expected to wrap up in the summer.

During the month of April, Zoo Idaho will be only open during the weekends.In May, the zoo will be open daily through October, and guests can resume using the South Second Avenue sometime mid-month.

For more information on Zoo Idaho, visit zoo.pocatello.us or call 234-6264.