- Associated Press - Sunday, March 6, 2016

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) - Pocatello’s zoo will open this season as Zoo Idaho, a new name unanimously approved by city officials.

The Idaho State Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1p0ggBv) last week’s name change approval also came with the council’s decision to allow the zoo to apply for a $5,000 grant that would fund a new master plan.

City Parks and Recreation Director John Banks says the current plan is almost two decades old.

Banks says the new name reflects the zoo’s evolving role as an ambassador for Idaho native wildlife.

Planned improvements include changes to the entrance and a new building for admissions, restrooms and a gift shop.

Landscaping is expected to be done by this summer.

Officials estimate rebranding costs at less than $5,000.

The zoo’s opening is set for April 1.

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Information from: Idaho State Journal, https://www.journalnet.com

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