Upon arriving at the zoo, authorities discovered forced entry into the animal closure where the lemur was housed

By Eric Todisco
October 15, 2020 02:41 PM
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Maki the lemur
| Credit: San Francisco Zoo

The San Francisco Police Department is on the hunt for a ring-tailed lemur that was stolen from the city's zoo on Tuesday night.

According to a statement from the SFPD, authorities responded to the San Francisco Zoo at 9:40 a.m. on Wednesday regarding a report of a burglary occurring the night prior. Upon arriving at the zoo, officers learned that it was a 21-year-old endangered male lemur named Maki that was missing and likely stolen.

"Officers arrived on scene and discovered forced entry to the animal enclosure where the lemur was housed," the police department's statement said.

Investigators have processed the scene for evidence and the burglary remains under investigation, according to the SFPD.

"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," Dr. Jason Watters, zoo executive vice president of animal behavior and wellness, said in a statement, per NBC News.

According to the outlet, Maki went missing from the Lipman Family Lemur Forest, the largest outdoor habitat for lemurs in the United States.  The habitat is home to seven other lemurs, none of which have been reported missing.

Watters told NBC News that Maki has exceeded his median life expectancy of 16.7 years,  and out of the other lemurs "is one of the slowest, and we believe, likely, the easiest to catch."

ring-tailed lemur

Ring-tailed lemurs are found natively in Madagascar and are considered an endangered species. They are banned as pets in the state of California.

Anyone with information about Maki's whereabouts should contact the SFPD 24-hour tip line at 1-415-575-4444.