Let’s start by calibrating your expectations. This isn’t a zoo. There’s no way you’re going to be able to pet a California condor here. Or even a peregrine falcon. Chances are you won’t even get any closer to either than a 10-year-old could hurl a whiffle ball. If you want an engineered animal experience, the Zoo Boise is home to over 200 animals from 80 different species, including the largest display of birds of prey in the Northwest. What can you do at the World Center for Birds of Prey? Learn how The Peregrine Fund, the non-profit that founded the center in 1984, has helped to establish how to breed falcons, eagles and condors in captivity. It is in large part because of the work done here that peregrines were able to be re-established in the east and that California condors are no longer on the brink of extinction. Much of the center is closed to the public—young birds bred here are released into the wild and the center can’t let them get all friendly with humans—but the Velma Morrison Interpretative Center teaches visitors about the lives of birds of prey and how they’re bred in captivity. The latter is much more interesting than you’d think. And of course there are California condors, falcons and eagles you can see. From a distance. So although you won't be able to get up close and personal with any of these amazing birds, you can learn a lot about them, which is why the World Center for Birds of Prey is perhaps one of the best things to do in Boise.
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