Zoo Boise's new patas monkey exhibit now open

Zoo Boise's new patas monkey exhibit now open

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Zoo Boise's new patas monkey exhibit now open

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by KTVB.COM

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Posted on August 29, 2013 at 2:16 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 30 at 5:35 PM

BOISE -- Zoo Boise's trio of patas monkeys will move into their new digs Friday -- 1,500 square-foot enclosure with indoor and outdoor living spaces.

Zookeepers say the move is just in time for the Labor Day weekend.

It's also perhaps the final part of the Zoo Boise monkey-killing saga that shocked the community less than a year ago.

The November killing of a patas monkey at Zoo Boise was discovered the morning of November 17, 2012. Suspect Michael Watkins was eventually arrested and sentenced to 7 years in prison for the crime.

However, staff members say they're moving past that dark point in the history of the zoo. That's because the facility's remaining male patas monkey was soon joined by two female monkeys from a zoo in Syracuse, New York. Director Steve Burns says more than 200 community donors then supplied the cash needed to build the new habitat.

"The Treasure Valley community came together in remarkable fashion to turn this senseless act into a happy story," said Burns.

"To go from a situation like that to be here today, it just shows the kind of community we live in when people pull together, what's possible," said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter.

The building, which is located in the zoo's African Plains Exhibit, has indoor and outdoor living space for the monkeys and multiple large viewing windows for the public.

More information here.

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