Zoo Boise to receive two monkeys after killing last month

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Zoo Boise is welcoming home two new patas monkeys after officials say a monkey was killed last month in an early morning break-in.

Zoo Boise said it will receive two female patas monkeys from the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York.

The Friends of Zoo Boise plans to raise $209,000 for a specially built Patas Monkey Exhibit, which will be home to the three monkeys.

Prosecutors say Michael J. Watkins, 22, entered Zoo Boise, manipulated a lock to get into the primate enclosure and removed the patas monkey by wrapping it in his jacket. Watkins allegedly clubbed the monkey after it bit him. It died a short time later.

"...We are going to turn a tragedy into a positive new beginning and prove that no single event can dampen our spirit or discourage us from believing in Boise as a truly wonderful place to live," said Dave Bieter, Boise mayor.

The two monkeys from New York are expected to arrive in Boise in a couple of weeks and will be provided at no cost. Friends of Zoo Boise will pay for the delivery.