Zoo Boise is announcing a bit of good news, the birth of a new patas monkey.
The baby was born on July 20 to parents DJ and Incus. This is the third patas monkey born at Zoo Boise; two others were born in October 2014 to DJ and another adult female, Kibibi. Visitors can see the baby on exhibit at the zoo along with its parents, aunt and sister.
The baby monkey’s gender isn’t yet known. Zoo Boise Assistant Director Liz Littman said the zoo staffers are giving the monkeys space until the first visit from a veterinarian in a few weeks.
Patas monkeys are native to sub-Saharan Africa from Senegal to Ethiopia. They are mostly ground dwelling monkeys and are excellent runners, reaching speeds up to 35 miles per hour.
DJ, 5 years old, came to Zoo Boise with her sister from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in New York. The new baby is her second.
The patas monkey news at Zoo Boise hasn’t always been so happy. In 212, a man broke into the monkey’s enclosure and killed a patas monkey after it bit him. Michael Watkins was sentenced to prison for the crime. The break-in led to increased security measures and an improved monkey habitat at Zoo Boise.
Zoo Boise is open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June through August. For more information, see www.zooboise.org or call 608-7760.