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Zoo Boise chips in for Foothills preservation

Some of the money that people pay to do things like feed giraffes at Zoo Boise will now go to preservation and restoration efforts in the Boise Foothills
Some of the money that people pay to do things like feed giraffes at Zoo Boise will now go to preservation and restoration efforts in the Boise Foothills

Zoo Boise plans to contribute $250,000 over the next five years to pay for preservation and restoration of the Boise Foothills.

The money will be used to build a land management program for Boise’s open space preserves, many of which are in the Foothills; and to enhance and restore wildlife habitat by managing for invasive species, planting native species and reducing wildfire risk. The effort will involve volunteers in the science, management and restoration of the Boise Foothills, highlighting the wildlife that live there.

It comes from a 50-cent conservation fee tacked on to the price of admission for the zoo. Most of the conservation money goes to efforts to help preserve habitat and animals around the world. Now a portion of it, along with some of the money that visitors pay to feed giraffes and take part in other zoo-related activities, will be spent in the Zoo’s backyard.

“We have turned the act of visiting the zoo into a conservation action,” Zoo Boise director Steve Burns said.

This is the second time Zoo Boise has contributed money for Foothills projects. The zoo provided $100,000 toward restoration of the Table Rock area, which burned in a fireworks-caused wildfire last June.

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