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Apes are back at Zoo Boise – new exhibit and plaza to open

Crews at Zoo Boise are wrapping up construction on a few pieces of a major overhaul and expansion.

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BoiseDev first wrote about the project two years ago.

But this weekend, in time for Zoo Daze, officials will bring back the popular gibbons – at home in their brand new exhibit. The new area provides both indoor and outdoor areas for the apes and provides new viewing opportunities for human visitors.

Crews work on the expanded front plaza in April. Photo: Don Day/BoiseDev

The new central plaza near the zoo’s main entrance will also be open for the first time. The area features a more open feel than the previous space, plus new shelters and a stage area.

The large Gorongosa area is the zoo’s first land expansion in 35 years and is still yet to come. That exhibit is described as the zoo’s new “crown jewel” and will feature in a grand opening set for July 17th. It will include wild African dogs, baboons, crocodiles, vervet monkeys, otters, hyenas, warthogs and more.

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The expansion project is the result of a $9 million capital campaign funded through donations.

Site plan for the new Gorongosa exhibit at Zoo Boise.

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