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Memphis Zoo Monkey, “Zimm,” Captured

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 around-the-clock shifts.   

“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. 

Posted by Zoo Info at 3:24 PM

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