Zoo Boise

Zoo Boise

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.

serval cat
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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.

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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.”

Jean Paul Vermeulen

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.

Meet Zoo Boise's Newest Residents, Kibibi And D.J.

Dec 20, 2012
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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. 

Zoo Boise To Get Two New Monkeys After November Break-In

Dec 3, 2012
Frankie Barnhill / Boise State Public Radio

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."

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Zoo Boise has taken some additional security measures after a break-in that led to the beating death of a monkey.

The city's Parks and Recreation Department confirmed to KTVB-TV that Zoo Boise added razor wire to some parts of the fence around the attraction.

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

Updated at 1:25 p.m.

Police have arrested one of two men who they believe broke into an Idaho zoo the night a monkey there died from blunt-force trauma.  But questions remain about how and why the animal was killed.

Twenty-two-year-old Michael Watkins of Weiser was arrested Monday in Washington County on felony burglary and grand theft charges.

A tip from a citizen led police to Watkins.

Updated at 5:12 p.m.

Joe Jaszewski / The Idaho Statesman

Zoo Boise has two new arrivals, serval kittens.  The kittens, one boy and one girl, were born last week. 

Servals are small cats from Africa with long legs and large ears.  Zoo staff are hand raising the kittens after the mother failed to care for them. 

The kittens will be on display in their incubator starting Saturday.  Visitors can watch them being fed twice each day. 

It will take six to eight weeks to wean the kittens.  Then the Zoo will decide if they will stay in Boise or move to another zoo.

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A baby North American porcupine has been born at Zoo Boise.  The male baby, called a “porcupette,” was born July 27 to parents Zeus and Athena.  The baby is now on exhibit at the zoo.

The baby weighed 468 grams when it was born.  Porcupettes are born with soft quills, to give mom a break during the birthing process.  Those quills harden 30 minutes after birth.

Zoo officials say first-time mom Athena has been taking good care of the baby.  He has grown to 538 grams in the last few days.

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The wild wolf puppy from the Ketchum area is on his way to a new home in Virginia.  The pup was taken from the wild last month by out-of-town campers who thought it was a domestic dog.  The underweight and frightened animal ended up at Zoo Boise for care and treatment. 

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A puppy, picked up by campers in Ketchum last month, is a wild wolf.  The Idaho Department of Fish and Game confirmed that Tuesday after a DNA test came back positive. 

Out of town campers picked up what they thought was a lost puppy and took it to a vet.  The pup ended up at Zoo Boise, who has been caring for it.  He is gaining weight and his health is improving. 

Fish and Game searched for a wolf pack near where the pup was found, but couldn’t find one.  They speculate the pack was moving the puppy and may have been disturbed by traffic on the road. 

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What’s thought to be a wolf puppy, picked up by campers in Ketchum, is resting in Zoo Boise’s animal hospital.  The campers who found the pup took it to a local vet who contacted Idaho Fish and Game. 

Samantha Wright / Boise State Public Radio

An endangered sloth bear at Zoo Boise is getting a new home.  Last fall, the Zoo started to renovate Paji's exhibit.  Friday it opens back up to the public where they'll likely find Paji siting in the grass, relaxing in the sunshine.