Zoo Boise to get new monkeys
In the wake of the beating death of a Patas monkey at Zoo Boise, the zoo announces it will be receiving two new monkeys soon. Video by IdahoOnYourSide.comvideo
Zoo Boise announced Monday they have found some new playmates for their sole remaining patas monkey. And that means it won't be a boys club anymore.
The lion seems non plussed, the condor couldn't care. But Incus the patas monkey seems to sense change is in the air.
"Zoo Boise's male patas monkey is about to get new company," says Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, "not just another friend, but two new female companions.
Nothing like having the mayor announce your new roommates.
It'll take a couple weeks for the new monkeys to arrive and then they'll have to be quarantined for a month before Incus will get a chance to say hi. But zoo officials hope they become fast friends.
"We've also recieved a positive recommendation to breed these animals." says zoo director steve burns.
There are only 44 patas monkeys in U.S. zoos, and Zoo Boise had to be picky.
"If you put two males together, they might fight," says Burns, "We were wondering if we can get a female."
The zoo also announced plans to build a new patas monkey house near the giraffe barn at a cost of more than $200,000. Zoo Boise says it's an opportunity for those who still mourn the loss of the last monkey.
"We had lots of people call and want to help but not sure what they could do so we're hoping this gives them an avenue to help the healing process." says Burns.
And give Incus and his future family, a brand new start. If all goes as planned, the new monkey house will be ready for occupation next summer.