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Zoo Boise's Gorongosa National Park

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It's been a challenging 12 months for the folks at Zoo Boise. In November 2012, the community was shocked when someone broke into the zoo and killed a patas monkey. The zoo has since improved security and unveiled a new home for primates. But the real excitement is on the horizon with Zoo Boise's ambitious designs for Gorongosa National Park, a two-acre site modeled after the iconic preserve in Mozambique, which will include new families of East African animals, such as cheetahs and crocodiles and warthogs. If all goes as planned, construction for the $3 million project could begin in 2016 and be completed by 2017. In the meantime, Zoo Boise fueled attendance this summer by introducing animatronic dinosaurs. Zoo officials are also promising a new visitor's center, splash attractions and a balloonfest in the next few years.

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