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Zoo Idaho now open for the season

Zoo Idaho in Pocatello officially opened its doors for the 2017 season on Saturday.

The zoo superintendent, Peter Pruett, said the zoo will have lots of projects and activities happening this season.

He said they will be building some new exhibits for some of the animals, including a wetlands area for the bison and elk. Pruett said work on finishing up the gift shop and new front entrance will also be happening.

As for new animals to see, Pruett said the newest will be a red fox they just got from Idaho Fish and Game. The fox is injured and so it is in quarantine right now. Once it’s recovered and able, it will be available for the public to see later this season.

Pruett said all of the zoo’s community events, like the Zoofari and pie-eating competitions will be back this season too.

He said the bad weather the last several days have kept them working hard to get it ready, but they couldn’t have asked for a nicer day to start the season.

“This is by far the best day of the week because we actually have sun out and there’s no rain, there’s no snow. It’s going to be a beautiful 50 degrees,” Pruett said. “We’ve been working like crazy through all the yucky weather to get everything ready and cleaned up for opening and we’ve already got guests here.”

Through April, Zoo Idaho is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends. Then, starting May 1, it will be open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information about the zoo can be found on its website.

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