Marian W. Hale / AP
An endangered endangered 21-year-old lemur is missing and may have been stolen from the San Francisco Zoo on Tuesday night, officials said.
The ring-shaped lemur named Mackie is among the oldest of the primates, housed in the Lemman family’s lemur forest at the zoo, where seven different species of lemurs live.
San Francisco Police Department officials who responded to the theft report said Mackie was last seen in his enclosure on Tuesday. They are investigating possible intrusion into the habitat and are calling on the public to help with any information leading to the animal’s whereabouts.
“We understand that lemurs are adorable animals, but Mackie is a highly endangered animal that requires special care. We ask the public for help with his return,” said Dr. Jason Waters, executive vice president of animal behavior and wellness at the zoo. , Reported by ABC 7.
“As one of our oldest lemurs, Mackie needs a specialized diet. Of the 19 lemurs here, at 21.5 years old, he has exceeded the average life expectancy of 16.7 years, but he is also one of the most slow and we believe probably the easiest to catch. “
The ring-shaped species is among the most famous and easily recognizable, according to the zoo’s website, which states that the enclosure is the largest lemur habitat in North America.
“At the zoo on a sunny day, you can often see ring-tailed lemurs catching some rays of the sun in a sitting position, like yoga. They sit with their arms outstretched and their heads back to maximize sun exposure,” the website said.
Lemurs are banned as pets in the state of California.