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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Two female patas monkeys are resting at Zoo Boise after arriving on a late-night Delta flight from the east coast.
The females are meant as companions for the male patas monkey who saw his cage mate bludgeoned to death last month during a break in at the zoo.
A Boise spokesperson says the zoo received an outpouring of community support. The volunteer organization known as The Friends of Zoo Boise have pledged to help raise $209,000 for a new habitat for the monkeys. So far, $75,000 has been raised.
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Zoo Boise director Steve Burns says the new patas monkeys should arrive within a few weeks. Also pictured (L to R): Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, Parks and Recreation Director Doug Holloway, Boise City Council member Elaine Clegg and Council President Maryanne Jordan.
Zoo Boise announced it will soon receive two female patas monkeys. After the death of one primate, the zoo wanted to find companions for the lone remaining male. The new animals will come from a zoo in Syracuse, NY.
Zoo Director Steve Burns says the arrival of the new monkeys is greatly anticipated.
“This is a good day at Zoo Boise," Burns says. "We’ve had some rough days here lately, but this is a good day."