Lemur stolen from San Francisco Zoo, police investigation underway

October 15, 2020
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Maki the lemur was stolen from the San Francisco Zoo.
Photo credit Marianne Hale/SF Zoo

A ring-tailed lemur was stolen from the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens Wednesday morning, according to officials.

San Francisco Police officers arrived at the zoo at about 9:40 a.m., after receiving a report that a male lemur, Maki, was removed from his habitat and is missing.

Police said they discovered that someone forced their way into the lemur enclosure where Maki lived. An investigation into the burglary is underway.

“We understand that lemurs are adorable animals, but Maki is a highly endangered animal that requires special care. We are asking the public for help in his return," said Dr. Jason Watters, Executive Vice President of Animal Behavior and Wellness.

Maki also requires a specialized diet because of his old age, said Dr. Watters.

Officers are asking that anyone who sees the lemur call 911 or their local law enforcement agency with the lemur’s current location and a description of anyone in possession of him.

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