Two Babies and a New Beginning at Zoo Boise
Published on October 17, 2013 by Tiffany Coleman
(BOISE) Nearly a year after a deadly attack shocked the community, some good news is finally coming out of Zoo Boise. Not just one, but two baby patas monkeys have been born at the zoo in the past few weeks. The two female monkeys—recently brought in from New York State—gave birth a week apart in the zoo’s newly-built habitat. The babies, along with the new habitat, signal a new beginning for the nearly 100-year-old zoo.
Cratey, one of the zoo’s two prized monkeys, was killed last November when a human intruder broke in and brutally beat him. Instead of sending Incus, the remaining monkey, away to another zoo, the decision was made to bring in females DJ and Kibibi and build a new, larger habitat. To help finance the expansion project, Broadview University-Boise contributed extra money each time its biology students went to the zoo on quarterly field trips.
Normally it costs students $3.50 to go to the zoo. For the past year, students, instructors and staff members each paid $10 instead. All money above the admission fee was donated to help expand the exhibit. Broadview University contributed a total of $217 for the expansion.
“Since Zoo Boise has done so much for our Biology and veterinary technology students over the past two years, I really wanted to do something to give back,” Gary Heller, the campus’s biology instructor, said. “This was a way to do that.”
As a result of the more than 200 community donors, the new patas monkey exhibit opened ahead of schedule and just in time for the Labor Day holiday. At the opening, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter told KTVB-Channel 7, “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.”
Broadview University’s name is displayed on a permanent plaque at the exhibit, and the campus is currently helping to fund yet another project at the zoo. The campus has already donated $60 to help the zoo create a replica of Gorongosa National Park, a premiere park in Africa.
“We greatly appreciate Broadview University’s generosity to the zoo, both with the recent patas monkey exhibit and with our new projects,” Liz Littman, the zoo’s director of development and communications, said.