A 21-year-old male lemur named Maki is missing from the San Francisco Zoo, officials announced Wednesday.
“#SanFrancisco we need your help in locating “Maki” the stolen Lemur!” the San Francisco Police Department said on Twitter.
Maki was discovered missing after officials responded to a report of a burglary at the zoo and found evidence of forced entry at the Lipman Family Lemur Forest, where he was housed, ABC 7 reports.
The San Francisco Zoo said the ring-tailed lemur is a “highly endangered animal.” Maki was born in 1999 at the zoo and has an offspring in the enclosure, zoo spokeswoman Nancy Chan said.
Maki is one of seven different lemurs native to Madagascar housed in the zoo’s lemur habitat, the largest outdoor space for lemurs in the U.S., according to its website.
“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, executive vice president of animal behavior and wellness, told ABC 7.
“As one of our oldest lemurs, Maki requires a specialized diet. Of the 19 lemurs here, 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.”
Contributing: The Associated Press