19-year-old Aquinas Kaspar has been sentenced to three months in federal prison for stealing a ring-tailed lemur from the Santa Ana Zoo. The ring-tailed lemur is on the endangered species list. On Monday, Kaspar pleaded guilty and was also ordered to pay the zoo $8,486 in restitution.
Kaspar broke into the zoo on July 27, 2018 after they had closed. He then used bolt-cutters to make a hole in the lemur’s cage. He also released other animals that were eventually recovered. The next morning Kaspar placed the lemur outside of a hotel with two notes saying, “Lemur (with tracker)” and “This belongs to the Santa Ana Zoo it was taken last night please bring it to police.”
Isaac the lemur was returned safely to the zoo.