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Exotic Pet Craze Leads To Kidnapping of SF Zoo Primate

IMAGE: San Francisco Zoological Society via Twitter

Have we learned nothing from our run ins with Burmese pythons, rhesus monkeys, and Argentine tegus? 

Oct 15, 2020 |

KRON – Maki has been found!

The lemur was stolen from the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens Wednesday, officials said.

But Thursday evening, Maki was seen in the playground area of the Hope Lutheran Church in Daly City.

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The San Francisco Zoo & Gardens offered a reward for tips and information leading to the safe recovery of its missing endangered lemur Maki.

Maki, the 21-year-old ring-tailed lemur, was reported missing Wednesday and is now believed to have been stolen from its enclosure … Read more. 

Earlier … 

Oct 15, 2020

Cox Media Group  – A beloved and endangered lemur is presumed stolen from the San Francisco Zoo, and his keepers are anxious for his return.

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The ring-tailed lemur named Maki was reported missing Wednesday and is now believed to have been stolen from his enclosure, KRON reported.

According to NPR, Maki is among the oldest primates housed in the zoo’s Lipman Family Lemur Forest, which houses seven different species of lemurs.

The zoo is offering a reward totaling $2,100 – $100 for every year of Maki’s life – for any tips, KRON reported.

“We are extremely concerned about Maki’s welfare,” Tanya M. Peterson, CEO and executive director of the San Francisco Zoological Society, told the TV station, adding, “We feel a reward will hopefully help to generate some leads, as this is a precious life at stake.”

Officers with the San Francisco Police Department confirmed to KGO that they are investigating a possible break-in at the enclosure and are seeking the public’s help.

Dr. Jason Watters, the zoo’s executive vice president of animal behavior and wellness, told the TV station that Maki’s age-related special needs require immediate attention.

“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,” Watters said, adding, “As one of our oldest lemurs, Maki requires a specialized diet. … 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.”

Tipsters should contact the San Francisco Police Department’s 24-hour tip line at 415-575-4444 or text a tip to TIP411, beginning the text message with SFPD.

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