Patas Monkey Update

New friends are on the way for the patas monkey left unharmed in a tragic incident at Zoo Boise. Incus, the male monkey, will be joined soon by two female patas monkeys from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse , New York.

Zoo Boise has announced plans to build a new "Patas Place" exhibit.

How You Can Help Create "Patas Place:"

  • Donate by phone at 208-384-4125 x202
  • Donate by mail to
      Friends of Zoo Boise
    • 355 Julia Davis Drive
      Boise, ID, 83702
  • At the zoo daily from 10 am - 5 pm

Friends of Zoo Boise is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization (tax ID #82-6005995). All gifts are tax deductible and qualify for the Idaho State Education Tax Credit.

"Patas Place" Information

Even before the events of November 17, Zoo Boise had started making plans for its next major construction project which will involve removing the Primate House, built in 1961, and replacing it with other, modern exhibits.  This would have included creating a new home for the patas monkeys.  In light of the recent tragedy, Friends of Zoo Boise has decided to make this project a top priority and is beginning the fundraising effort immediately. If fundraising is successful, Zoo Boise plans to open the exhibit late next summer.

Zoo Boise has begun designing a new, 1,000 square foot home for the patas monkeys, which will be more appropriate and suitable for a family group than the current Primate House.  "Patas Place" will be located in the African Plains Exhibit, adjacent to the patas monkeys' outdoor enclosure on the zoo lagoon.  The zoo will also expand this outdoor space, for a total of 1,500 square feet.

These additions will provide year round viewing of these spectacular primates for visitors.  As a bonus, the gibbons and mangabey monkeys will have more space in the Primate House, until their new exhibits are complete in the future.

The total cost of "Patas Place" is $209,000.  This includes design and construction, as well as a conservation grant to protect patas monkeys in the wild.  To help make this exhibit a reality, you may donate online.

Animal Information

Cratey at Boo at the Zoo 2012

The loss of the patas monkey, Cratey, was difficult and unsettling for the zoo staff and volunteers, as well as for many in the local community.  Zoo Boise's priority was to find another patas monkey for Incus, the zoo's other monkey, as soon as possible.  As you may know, primates are very social animals and must be housed with others of their kind.


After much discussion with other zoos around the country, Zoo Boise is thrilled to announce that 2 female patas monkeys will soon be coming to Idaho.  DJ, 23 months, and Kibibi, 15 months, are sisters and come from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, NY.  Once they arrive in Boise, they will have a 30 day quarantine before going on exhibit in the Primate House.

DJ (left) and Kibibi (right) - © Teresa Redhead/Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Conservation Partner

Patas monkey in Yankari National Park ©Wildlife Conservation Society

In addition to building "Patas Place," this project will also help protect patas monkeys in the wild.  Whenever Zoo Boise builds a new exhibit, 10% of the total project budget, here approximately $20,000, got to support wildlife conservation.  Zoo Boise will be partnering with the Wildlife Conservation Society to help protect patas monkey habitat in Yankari National Park in Africa.  Keeping this habitat safe will help patas monkeys, as well as elephants, lions, and hundreds of other species.