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In May, some of the biggest names in wildlife and conservation will be coming together to celebrate Idaho and the nation’s rarest creatures.
Friday, May 13 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Zoo Idaho (2900 South 2nd Avenue), the zoo will join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Bureau of Land Management, and the Idaho Museum of Natural History in hosting an Endangered Species Day celebration. The day will feature games and activities, all designed to educate zoo-goers about the importance of protecting endangered species.
“We’d like to specifically invite our local schools, daycares, and youth groups to think about a field trip to join us as we look at how we all can preserve some very special animals,” said Cory Coffman, Curator of Education at Zoo Idaho. “Even the tiniest of actions can mean the difference in saving the life of an animal.”
A portion of the festivities will be dedicated to the Greater Sage Grouse, which is native to East Idaho. In 2010, the bird was designated as a candidate for endangered species listing and in 2015, it was removed from its candidate listing after what the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service called “the largest landscape-scale conservation planning effort in U.S. history.”
The event is free with zoo admission and those looking to schedule a field trip are asked to call Cory Coffman at 234-6264 to schedule a time.
For more information on this or any of the other programs offered by Zoo Idaho, visit zooidaho.org.