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According to official sources, an endangered 21-year-old Maki is missing and possibly stolen at the San Francisco Zoo Tuesday night.
The ring-tailed lemur named Maki is one of the oldest primates in the zoo’s Lipman Family Lemur Forest, which is home to seven different species of lemurs.
San Francisco Police Department officials responding to a report of a break-in said Maki was last seen in his enclosure on Tuesday. They investigate a possible intrusion into the habitat and urge the public to help with information that will lead to the whereabouts of the animal.
“We understand that lemurs are adorable animals, but maki is an endangered animal that requires special care. We are asking the public for help with his return,” said Dr. Jason Watters, Executive Vice President, Animal Behavior and Wellness at the Zoo, ABC 7 reports.
“As one of our oldest lemurs, Maki needs a special diet. Of the 19 lemurs here, he exceeded the median life expectancy of 16.7 years at 21.5 years, but is also one of the slowest and we believe probably the easiest to catch.”
The curly tailed species is one of the best known and easiest to spot species, according to the zoo’s website, which states the enclosure is the largest outdoor lemur habitat in North America.
“On a sunny day at the zoo, you can often see ring-tailed lemurs catching sun rays in a yoga-like sitting position. They sit with arms outstretched and their heads back to maximize sun exposure,” the website said.
Lemurs are prohibited as pets in the state of California.