is celebrating the arrival of its newest residents in two South American exhibits.
In early May, two white-nosed coatis gave birth to a total of six babies, referred to as "kits." The kits are expected to spend the next few weeks in their dens, but zoo officials said the mothers may occasionally take the babies into the open exhibit where visitors might get a glimpse.
The coati is a mammal native to Central and South America and is a relative of the raccoon. Zoo Boise's coatis are here as part of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium's Coati Species Survival Program, designed to protect endangered or threatened species.
In a separate South American exhibit, a Magellanic penguin chick has hatched. Zoo officials said the chick is spending its first few weeks in a den but will soon be moved to the Animal Health Complex where it can learn to swim in a small pool before being introduced to the larger penguin colony.
These are busy weeks at Zoo Boise, where the popular "Butterflies in Bloom" exhibit
was reopened June 1, featuring hundreds of Costa Rican butterflies.