Officials at Zoo Boise are monitoring a monkey's condition after a break-in and attack left its companion dead.
"They’re communicating with other zoos to identify a new animal that might be able to be transported here," said Amy Stahl, spokesperson for Boise Parks and Recreation Department. "As of late last night, they hadn’t yet found one."
Stahl said the remaining patas monkey is a male, and the zoo is looking for a companion, not a mate.
"Evidently, in the short-term, the monkey will be OK alone," said Stahl. "But that's not a good long-term solution. They're monitoring the remaining monkey, just giving him a little extra attention, just to make sure that he weathers this well."
Stahl said the monkey was not injured in the attack. She said Parks and Rec officials feel strongly that the zoo has appropriate security protocols in place, as approved by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
"We did just go through the re-accreditadation process, which was very rigorous, and our security plans passed," she said.
Stahl said Zoo Boise Executive Director Steve Burns plans to review security practices. In the Nov. 14 edition of Boise Weekly, we spoke with AZA CEO Jim Maddy on the organization's rigorous standards.