MEMPHIS, Tenn. – The Memphis Zoo is pleased to
report that “Zimm,” the escaped Sulawesi macaque, has been found and is
currently undergoing observation in the Memphis Zoo’s hospital.
Zimm – a 3-year-old, 10-pound monkey –
escaped from her enclosure in Primate Canyon late Thursday afternoon. Zoo
personnel were alerted immediately and followed standard operating procedure
when trying to recapture her. She wandered into the Zoo’s culvert system on Zoo
property, where she remained until her capture. Zoo staff remained nearby, on
“The key strategy here was patience,” said
Matt Thompson, Director of Animal Programs. “Zimm had a very big day yesterday,
and she’s safe and secure now. I’d like to thank our staff for their dedication
and hard work, and the continued support we received from the community.”
Memphis Zoo officials will conduct a thorough
investigation into how Zimm escaped. Thompson noted that her exhibit, as well
as all exhibits at the Memphis Zoo, meet all requirements set by the
Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
“She’s an extremely spirited, athletic
animal,” Thompson said. “This is a very rare occurrence.”
Zimm was examined by the
Memphis Zoo veterinarian staff. She will have a brief stay in the Zoo’s
hospital, before being returned to her Primate Canyon night house.