Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Pip McGarry paintings worth £160k stolen from Marwell Zoo

Snow King worth £32,000 Image copyright Pip McGarry
Image caption The stolen works include a pencil sketch and 10 framed oils on canvas of animals such as Sumatran tigers, snow leopards and elephants

Artwork worth more than £160,000 has been stolen from a zoo gift shop.

The work by artist Pip McGarry disappeared from his gallery at Marwell Zoo, near Winchester, Hampshire, overnight on Thursday.

They include a pencil sketch and 10 framed oils on canvas of animals such as Sumatran tigers, snow leopards and elephants.

Mr McGarry, the zoo's artist-in-residence for more than 17 years, said he was "devastated" by their loss.

"Painting is also my livelihood and it's a huge blow to lose these pieces, many of which were painted from photographs I've taken on safari in Tanzania and Botswana," he added.

Image copyright Pip McGarry
Image caption The sale of Pip McGarry's art contributes to the zoo's conservation work
Image copyright Pip McGarry
Image caption Many of the stolen works by Mr McGarry were painted from photographs he took in Tanzania and Botswana

Marwell Wildlife's chief executive James Cretney said the art sales contributed to the zoo's "extensive conservation work in the field".

Hampshire Constabulary said it was investigating and has appealed for information.

Image copyright Pip McGarry
Image caption Collectively they are worth more than £160,000
Image copyright Pip McGarry
Image caption This painting of an elephant and a tortoise is valued at £16,800, others are worth more than £30,000 each

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