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Zoo Boise marks milestone: $2 million raised for conservation

The zoo’s conservation fund has supported a number of conservation projects around the world. The fund recently passed the $2 million mark.
The zoo’s conservation fund has supported a number of conservation projects around the world. The fund recently passed the $2 million mark. Idaho Statesman file

This week, Zoo Boise celebrates reaching $2 million raised since the creation of the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund in 2007. When visitors pay admission to the zoo, a portion of the fee ($.50, or $5 from every annual pass) goes to the fund.

Thanks to the program, Zoo Boise grants more than $250,000 annually to conservation projects around the world. This amounts to nearly 10 percent of Zoo Boise’s annual budget, one of the highest percentages designated for conservation of any zoo in the country.

In other conservation activities at the zoo, the organization’s ZooTeens have worked since 2013 to raise money for the conservation of the saola, an Asian forest bovid. The ZooTeens have raised money to remove snares from the wild to protect saola and other species.

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