Volunteers help prepare for Zoo Boise's newest exhibit during first annual "Boise Kind Day"

Posted at 4:30 PM, Jun 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-22 21:25:30-04

BOISE, Idaho — The first annual "Boise Kind" day kicked off today with hundreds of volunteers throughout the city.

Around 160 volunteers gathered at the zoo today to help prepare for the Gorongosa National Park exhibit's opening in July.

This is the biggest expansion the zoo has ever seen.

According to Tierney Ball, an educational assistant at the zoo, having that many volunteers at the zoo is appreciated.

"Our goal is to have 500 volunteers throughout all of Boise, and to have that many volunteers just at the zoo, I don't know, I'm a little biased, but I think it's amazing," Ball said. "This is based on a conservation project that we've been working on for years in Mozambique."

In order for animals to feel right at home, the flooring of the new exhibit will consist of six layers of mulch so the animals have plenty of room to dig around.

The new Gorongosa Exhibit opens on July 17th.