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The animals of Zoo Idaho will be helping to spread a little holiday cheer in December.
On Saturday, December 3 and Saturday, December 10, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, Zoo Idaho will welcome in the Christmas season with the 3rd Annual “Wild Winter Weekends.” During the festivities, the animals’ exhibits will be adorned with Christmas lights and the animals will be given holiday-themed enrichment treats. Zoo-goers will be given treats of their own in the form of free hot cocoa and cookies.
“We’d like to invite everyone up to see the animals in a different light,” said Peter Pruett, Zoo Idaho Superintendent. “The weather has changed along with the animals.”
Admission to Wild Winter Weekends is free for children 2 and under, as well as Pocatello Zoological Society members, $3.75 for ages 3 to 11, $5.75 for ages 12 and up, and $4.50 for ages 60 and up.
“Wild Winter Weekends” puts an exclamation point on a successful 2016 season. The season that ran from April 1 to October 30 saw 25,520 people visit Zoo Idaho, up from 23,771 in 2015. The zoo’s education programs were able to connect with 7,101 children through classroom visits and other education activities.
“We’d like to thank everyone who stopped by or is still planning to visit in 2016,” Pruett said. “Because of your support, we’re able to continue our mission of public education and conservation of the animals that call our part of the world home. I’d also like to thank the Zoo Idaho employees for their hard work and dedication to that mission.”
For more information about the animals and programs at Zoo Idaho, visit ZooIdaho.org.