Zoo Boise is a hot topic lately. Earlier this year, the zoo unveiled an ambitious and long-term goal for zoo improvements, including animatronic dinosaurs, a major influx of new animals and a $3 million expansion inspired by Gorongosa Park wildlife preserve in Africa.
To add fuel to the expansion fire, Zoo Boise is hosting its first-ever Wildlife Conservation Expo at Boise State University's Student Union Building Saturday, May 4. The expo will consist of individual 20-minute presentations by various conservation groups that have received financial support from the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund. Expo-goers can learn about each group's projects and ask questions to continue the discussions after the presentations.
Projects range from local efforts and explorations, like College of Idaho's southern Idaho work with ground squirrels and the University of Idaho's study of pygmy rabbits, to more specialized groups like the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project and the International Rhino Foundation. A video presentation about the enormous Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique is also part of the event.
Ticket holders can attend eight of the 14 topics presented, so choose your favorites wisely. Students get in for $7, and general admission costs $9.