Friday, February 15, 2013

Zoo Boise's Love Triangle: Two Female Patas Monkeys Meet Sole Male Patas

Posted By and on Fri, Feb 15, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Love was celebrated in many ways on Valentine's Day—some more primal than others.

Two female patas monkeys, DJ and Kibibi, were introduced to Incus, Zoo Boise's sole male patas monkey, on Thursday.

"The last time we were here, the male [Incus] looked really sad," said Kylee Swetland of Boise, who visited the exhibit Thursday.

But things got lively pretty quickly when the two females were introduced to Incus after a nearly two-month quarantine following their arrival in December.

"Incus is noticeably happier," Liz Littman, director of zoo development and communications, told Citydesk. "He's already starting to bond with them. Primates are just like humans, so it was really important that we got some other monkeys in as soon as possible."

The monkeys weren't the only ones feeling the love.

"This is where I proposed to my wife a year ago," said T.R. Ball. "The more the merrier."

Incus, DJ and Kibibi will live in the Primate House until the Conservation Cruise opens in May.

"We are happy that the introduction of the monkeys went well. They seem very comfortable with each other. The older of the two girls is just reaching breeding age. What happens from here is up to them," said Steve Burns, director of Zoo Boise.

Construction plans have begun for the new 1,500-square-foot Patas monkey house, which will be located in the African Plains exhibit near the giraffe barn.

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