Thieves break into an Ontario zoo stealing a monkey, lemur and tortoise

Written by on May 30, 2018 in Critter Crimes - 2 Comments

Police are on the hunt for kidnappers who stole three animals from a rural Ontario zoo.

Suspects cut a hole in a chain link fence at the Elmvale Jungle Zoo, located about 120 kilometres north of Toronto, 

Missing are a tortoise named Stanley. He is about 18-inches in size. A black and white lemur named JC was taken. So was a baby Gibbon monkey named Agnes, who is extremely bonded to her cousin, Gracie.

All three vanished overnight Monday.

JC the lemur is among the missing animals. Elmvale Jungle Zoo/Facebook

Zoo staff are devastated.

“These animals aren’t animals, they’re our family,” an emotional zoo worker said in a Facebook plea posted Tuesday. “And we’re asking for your help. If anyone saw anything in our parking lot last night between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. this morning, please contact CrimeStoppers.”

The zoo is offering a $5,000 reward.

And an anonymous animal lover has offered another $5,000.



Police are investigating. 

Tips are welcome in the case of the stolen zoo animals. Elmvale Jungle Zoo/Facebook

Any information please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or the Huronia West Detachment OPP at 1-888-310-1122. There will be a reward from Elmvale Jungle Zoo for information leading to the return of our animals or an arrest,” the zoo posted.

Stanley is a beloved attraction at the Elmvale Jungle Zoo. Facebook

Watch the plea for tips, here.

Photos Elmvale Jungle Zoo/Facebook

h/t CTV

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