Patas monkey born at Zoo Boise

Posted at 1:39 PM, Jul 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 15:39:12-04

A patas monkey has been born at Zoo Boise.

It was born on July 20 to parents DJ and Incus, Zoo officials said. This is the third patas monkey born at Zoo Boise; two others were born in October 2014 to DJ and another adult female, Kibibi. 

“DJ, who’s five years old, came to Zoo Boise with her sister from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York. This is her second baby and she is once again proving to being a very attentive and caring mother,” said Zoo Boise Assistant Director Liz Littman. “The baby, whose gender is currently unknown, can now be seen on exhibit at the zoo along with its parents, aunt and sister.”

Patas monkeys are native to sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Ethiopia.  They are mostly ground dwelling monkeys and are excellent runners, reaching speeds up to 35 miles per hour.

Most days, the patas monkeys may be seen in their outdoor exhibit from Zoo Boise’s Conservation Cruise ride.  The Conservation Cruise is one of the zoo’s conservation attractions, which raises additional dollars to support wildlife projects around the world.  The cost to ride the Conservation Cruise is $1.00.