Zoo Boise welcomes three new coatis

August 15, 2013 

You can catch bottle feedings of the new coatis every day at 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The small mammals - relatives of the raccoon that are native to Central and South America - are three months old and came to Zoo Boise from a private breeder in Michigan, Zoo Boise Director of Development and Communications Liz Littman said. Zookeepers are hand-raising them.

Once the coatis, one female and two males, are full-grown, they'll be introduced to the zoo's single adult female coatis. Zoo officials hope the four animals will become two successful breeding pairs in order to help sustain populations of the fragile species in zoos and in the wild, Littman said.

Located in Julia Davis Park, Zoo Boise is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Labor Day. For more information, visit www.zooboise.org or call 384-4260.

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