Zoo Boise meets goal to build new Patas Monkey exhibit, thanks to $100,000 donation from the city
Zoo Boise has already raised enough money to build a new patas monkey exhibit, because of help from the city of Boise.
"A fundraising campaign to build a new patas monkey exhibit at Zoo Boise is complete in just five weeks thanks to a $100,000 boost from the City of Boise," said Amy Stahl with Boise Parks and Recreation. "The Friends of Zoo Boise (FOZB) raised the remaining $119,000 from private donors. City funds will come from year-end savings in the Boise Parks & Recreation fiscal year 2012 budget."
Construction on the exhibit will start this spring. Zoo Boise’s three patas monkeys are expected to move into the exhibit in fall 2013.
“Once again, Boise citizens have shown their compassion and commitment by coming together to create a positive outcome for our community,” said Mayor David Bieter. “I commend the Friends of Zoo Boise for quickly raising contributions for this important exhibit and look forward to seeing its three new residents move in later this year.”
According to Stahl, the new Patas Monkey Exhibit will be located in the African Plains exhibit near the giraffe barn.
"The fundraising campaign was precipitated by a zoo break-in Nov. 17, which resulted in the death of a male patas monkey," said Stahl. "Since then, the remaining male has lived alone at the zoo. Two female patas monkeys arrived Dec. 3 from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York."
Upon completion of a quarantine period in February, the females will be placed in an enclosure within sight of the male before finally being housed together after they show they are compatible.
Photo - The plans for the exhibit, courtesy Zoo Boise