Boise & Garden City

Zoo Boise adding five new animals, including the fuzzy capybara, to South American exhibit

Zoo Boise is set to open several new South American exhibits Sunday for Zoo Daze, its biggest event of the summer.

The exhibits feature five new South American animals: the capybara, the world’s largest rodent; Inca tern; nine-banded armadillo; blue-gray tanager and red-capped cardinal.

The rookies will join popular veterans such as penguins, cavies and coatis, according to a zoo news release.

The event will feature games, entertainment, costumed characters, Butterflies in Bloom, wallaby joeys, face painting and more fun. Everyone who attends Zoo Daze can enter a drawing to name one of the capybaras.

Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cost is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors (age 62+), $7 for children (ages 3-11), and free for annual pass-holders, as well as children age 2 and under.