Missing lemur located after break-in at San Francisco Zoo

Elias Hubbard
October 17, 2020

Maki, the 21-year-old male ring-tailed lemur was discovered missing shortly before the zoo opened to visitors, zoo and police officials said.

The lemur, named Maki, was found missing from the zoo on Tuesday morning. There was evidence of forced entry at the lemur enclosure, and one of the zoo's ring-tailed lemurs went missing.

On Thursday, Maki was spotted "hopping around" on the play structures at the playground at Hope Lutheran Day School in Daly City, and he was soon put in a crate by Daly City police and transported back to his home at the zoo. The ring-tailed lemur was missing from the San Francisco Zoo after someone broke into an enclosure overnight and stole the endangered animal, police said October 14, 2020. They are investigating a possible break-in at the habitat and are calling on the public to help with any information leading to the animal's whereabouts.

Meanwhile, NBC News quoted zoo executive vice-president of animal behaviour and wellness Jason Watters as appealing to the public to return Maki. He was expected to be transferred to San Francisco County Jail to be booked on charges of burglary, grand theft of an animal, looting and vandalism all related to the lemur theft, Ryan said.

Maki who wears a perpetually alarmed expression on his petite face is considered a senior lemur. Zoo staff worried his health would be compromised during his abudction
Police ask for help finding Lemur apparently stolen from San Francisco Zoo

The Lipman Family Lemur Forest is a multi-species habitat that houses seven species of lemurs from Madagascar - all of which are considered endangered. The lemur was successfully captured and positively identified as "Maki". "Of the 19 lemurs here, at 21.5 years, he has exceeded median life expectancy of 16.7 years, but is also one of the slowest, and we believe, likely, the easiest to catch", Watters said.

Ring-tailed lemurs are listed as being endangered, with lemurs categorically being the most endangered mammals in the world.

This isn't the first time someone has stolen a ring-tailed lemur from a Californa zoo.

Sidebar: Does anyone remember back in 2000 when mother and daughter koalas were stolen from the SF Zoo by a couple of teenage boys who wanted to impress their girlfriends with exotic pets for Christmas?

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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