Zoo Boise

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Zoo Boise reported Thursday that its beloved giraffe, Julius Longfellow, has died.

The 11-year-old male Julius fell early Thursday morning. Zoo workers tried to get him back up but couldn’t, and had to euthanize him. A necropsy is planned.

Julius came to Zoo Boise in 2008 from the African Safari Wildlife Park in Ohio. A private fundraising campaign paid for his purchase and transport to Boise. His first name, Julius, was in honor of a donor to Zoo Boise. His last name, Longfellow, came thanks to Longfellow Elementary School, which raised money for him.

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Zoo Boise says it’s sad to report that Jabari the lion was euthanized Wednesday.

We told you last year that the 14-year-old lion was diagnosed with lymphoma. He was getting treatment, including chemotherapy. But his health continued to decline and his condition worsened recently.

It was 2008 when Jabari and two female lions opened the African Plains Exhibit. He was a favorite at the zoo, often roaring during the day.

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Zoo Boise’s male lion is sick. The Zoo says Jabari has lymphoma and probably won’t be in his exhibit very often while he’s getting treatment.

Officials say he had not been acting normally and went in for a check up with zoo veterinarian Dr. Holly Holman, who found the lymphoma.

Jabari has been at Zoo Boise since 2008. He arrived just in time for the opening of the African Plains Exhibit. He’s 14 years old. He spends his time with his pride, two other female lions.

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The Director of Boise's zoo announced today that they will give $100,000 to replant native vegetation in the area burned by the Table Rock Fire in the Boise Foothills.

Zoo Director Steve Burns says the money will come from the Zoo Boise Conservation Fund.

Over the last nine years, zoo visitors have generated about $2 million in the fund for wildlife conservation. A portion of each zoo entry fee goes into the fund.

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Teenagers volunteering at Zoo Boise are helping to try and save one of the world’s most endangered mammals.

The teens are using an information booth to raise money for the Saola - a forest mammal that lives in Vietnam. The animal rocked the scientific world when, in 1992, scientists first discovered what turned out to be not just a brand new species, but a whole new genus.

These antelope-type creatures have two long curing horns on their heads and white spots on their faces. They are remarkably shy and gentle, and have never been seen alive in the wild by scientists.

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Zoo Boise says that one of its two tigers was euthanized this week. Tundra was 18 years old and had been in ill health.

Tundra and his brother Taiga came to Zoo Boise in 1999 from the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago.

The head of Zoo Boise says all of its staff members are sad about Tundra’s passing.

“An entire generation of children in the Treasure Valley grew up seeing him and marveling at his beauty and majesty,” said Steve Burns, Director of Zoo Boise. “He was part of our family and we will miss him.”

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Zoo Boise welcomed a giant anteater baby in July and that furry pup can now be spotted by visitors at the zoo.  The pup and its mother, Gloria, spent the last few weeks inside their barn and have just now begun to explore their outdoor exhibit.

Anteaters are solitary animals and the father is currently in an exhibit next door to Gloria and her pup.

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Two red panda cubs were born at Zoo Boise this summer. The male and female cubs were born June 18 and are just now being seen in the red panda exhibit.

The cubs were born to parents Dolly and Winston. It’s their third litter of cubs and the fifth litter born at the zoo. Their first litter was born in June 2013.

Robin Bjork

An Idaho woman is studying the migration patterns of a rare bird in Central America. The three-wattled bellbird makes bell-like calls, and those sounds can travel half a mile. Some experts believe it’s the loudest bird in the world.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Lions are in trouble and need our help. That’s the message from a lion researcher in Africa and Boise’s own zoo, which together are trying to help lions survive in the wild.

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There’s been a baby explosion at Zoo Boise. Eight different species given birth in the last eight months, leading to one of the most prolific procreation years ever at the zoo. 

It all started in March when this Serval kitten made her debut. She was born March 27, 2013. Servals have tan fur with black spots. They have long legs and very big, expressive ears.  They eat rodents, small reptiles, and birds. They're native to Africa. Two other Serval kittens, Scout and Mzuri, were born in September 2012. 

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You can now catch glimpses of two baby snow leopards born at Zoo Boise.  The cubs, one male and one female, were born May 23 to parents Kabita and Tashi.  These are the first snow leopards to be born at the zoo.

Kabita and Tashi were paired as part of the Species Survival Plan (SSP). The conservation program of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums helps breed endangered or threatened species. 

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Zoo Boise has a new addition, a baby black-crested mangabey monkey.  The male monkey was born earlier this month to his parents Murphy and Betty.  This is the first mangabey monkey to be born at Zoo Boise.

Mom Betty carries the baby upside down, which is normal for mangabey mothers.  She turns the baby right side up when he nurses.  The baby clings to mom’s belly until he gets older, then he’ll ride on mom’s back.

Dinosaurs Roar Into Zoo Boise

May 31, 2013
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This animatronic exhibit opens Saturday in Boise.

Click on the slideshow to see the dinosaurs and find out more.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Zoo Boise is opening its Butterflies in Bloom Exhibit Saturday.  You can walk through a greenhouse-like mesh enclosure with hundreds of butterflies.  Zoo Boise Director Steve Burns says the butterflies come from Costa Rica. “It gives the farmers in that area the opportunity to make money off of the forests rather than have to cut it down and ranch it so it’s a great way for those folks to keep the rainforests intact and still make money for their families.”

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A wildlife park in Mozambique and Zoo Boise have teamed up to preserve some of the most pristine land and wildlife in Africa.

Gorongosa National Park, in southeast Africa, is home to diverse landscape and wildlife.  “It’s a natural jewel of my country when it comes to natural parks and tourism attractions,” says Mateus Mutemba, the park administrator.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Zoo Boise isn’t just a place to go to look at animals.  It also helps animals in the wild. The zoo donates money to several conservation projects around the world.  One of those projects is right in our backyard, near Horseshoe Bend.  The zoo, and a scientist from the College of Idaho, are trying to save a small ground squirrel that's struggling to survive.

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Inside Zoo Boise, there’s an exhibit called the Zoo Farm.  You put a quarter in what looks like a gumball machine. Out comes  food pellets so you can feed the goats and sheep. 

All those quarters go to conservation to protect animals in the wild.  Since 2007, Zoo Boise has made wildlife conservation part of its mission, raising $1 million dollars for conservation projects. The Zoo celebrates this milestone Saturday at Boise State University. 

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The man accused of killing a monkey during a break in at Boise’s zoo appeared in court Thursday. Michael Watkins of Wieser asked the judge for two more weeks to consider his options before entering a plea.

His public defender says Watkins entered the zoo early one morning in November and let the monkey out of its enclosure, but the monkey then attacked him.  The animal later died from injuries caused by blunt trauma.

Meantime his surviving companion, Incus is being watched for signs of stress, says Liz Littman with Friends of Zoo Boise. Patas monkeys are social animals.

Emilie Ritter Saunders / Boise State Public Radio

Zoo Boise has raised nearly $220,000 to build a new exhibit for its patas monkeys in just five weeks after the City of Boise contributed $100,000 from its Parks and Recreation Department budget.

The Friends of Zoo Boise raised the remaining $119,000 from private donors.

Construction is expected to start this spring on a new 1,000-square-foot patas monkey exhibit to replace the previous primate exhibit, which was built in 1967. Officials hope to have the new building finished by fall.