by Andrew Crisp
After just five weeks of fundraising, officials at Zoo Boise announced plans to open a new patas monkey exhibit to house the facility's three primates, scheduled to open as early as this fall.
With a $100,000 contribution from the City of Boise, the nonprofit Friends of Zoo Boise has contributed the remaining $119,000 needed to begin construction of the 15,000-square-foot structure this spring.
According to the city's Parks and Recreation Department, the new exhibit will be located in the African Plains exhibit near the giraffe barn, and will include indoor and outdoor living space and large viewing windows for zoo visitors.
The building's tenants include Boise's remaining male patas monkey, Incas, and two new additions to the zoo, females DJ and Kibibi, who arrived from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, N.Y., on Dec. 20. The two females will join Incas following a quarantine and acclimation period.
For staff, the announcement marked some closure following the death of one of the Zoo's patas monkeys. Fundraising efforts were jump-started in early December, following a break-in that left one of the zoo's patas monkeys dead.
Built in 1967, the current Primate House will be demolished as Zoo Boise updates aging facilities, according to officials.