Zoo Boise Fence Reinforced Following Break-In, Monkey Death

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Razor wire installed along the top of the Zoo Boise fence.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Razor wire has been installed along the top of the Zoo Boise fence in the wake of a Nov. 17 break-in.

Officials at Zoo Boise, still reeling from a Nov. 17 break-in that left a Patas monkey dead, have added razor wire to the facility's perimeter fence.

Prosecutors at the arraignment of 22-year-old Michael Watkins, suspected of attempting to steal the monkey, indicated that Watkins had jumped the fence before breaking into the Zoo's primate building.

Amy Stahl, spokesperson for Boise Parks and Recreation Department, said zoo officials are bolstering the fence in an ongoing effort to improve security.

"We did just go through an accreditation process, and our security measures were considered to be good," said Stahl.

Citydesk asked Zoo Boise Executive Director Steve Burns about the new razor wire.

"All I would say is, the fence is hard to climb over already, and we just made it harder," said Burns.

Stahl previously told BW that Burns planned to review best practices with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums following the break-in.

"It would take some time to do that, and so we're not done," said Burns.

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