City of Boise donates $100K toward new monkey exhibit

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - The city of Boise is handling more than $100,000 to help with the new patas monkey exhibit at Zoo Boise.

The six-figure donation will help kick start the expansion of the exhibit for the three monkeys. It's set to break ground this spring. | Photos of the Monkeys

Funds will come from year-end savings in the Boise Parks & Recreation fiscal year 2012 budget.

"Once again, Boise citizens have shown their compassion and commitment by coming together to create a positive outcome for our community," said Mayor David Bieter. "I commend the Friends of Zoo Boise for quickly raising contributions for this important exhibit and look forward to seeing its three new residents move in later this year."

Michael Watkins, 22, of Weiser, was arrested last year after he allegedly broke into Zoo Boise and attacked and killed one of the zoo's patas monkeys. He has been charged with felony burglary and felony grand theft.