by Andrew Crisp
Zoo Boise's remaining patas monkey, unharmed after a break-in left its partner dead from blunt force trauma, will soon be joined by two female patas monkeys from Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, N.Y.
"This is a good day at Zoo Boise," Director Steve Burns said today. "We've had some rough days lately but this is a good day."
Staff will introduce Boise's male patas monkey, Incas, to 23-month-old DJ and her sister, 15-month-old Kibibi, expected to arrive in the next few weeks. According to officials, the animals are provided by Gifford Zoo at no cost, and the volunteer Friends of Zoo Boise organization will cover transportation costs.
Boise Mayor Dave Bieter joined zoo staff to announce jumpstarting efforts to raise funds for a new Patas monkey exhibit. Volunteer organization Friends of Zoo Boise vowed to raise $209,000 to fund a 15,000-square-foot exhibit with indoor and outdoor living space.
"Given what happened, we've moved this up on our priority list. The community has been so supportive of this zoo, and your response is so amazing," said Friends of Zoo Boise President Lisa Owen.
Burns said if fundraising goes well, the new exhibit would open by summer 2013. For Burns' full comments on the zoo's plans, see the video below.