We were all completely shocked and incredibly sad to hear the news about our ‘Great’ McGarry’s beautiful paintings being stolen.

Pip has had his gallery at Marwell for over two years, with many of the pieces painted from photographs taken on safari in Tanzania and Botswana. However, with over 500,000 visitors a year to the zoo, he fears the worst when it comes to tracking down possible suspects.

Having had an ITV Meridian wildlife show over 10 years ago, as well as hundreds of contacts thanks to the Marwell Wildlife International Art Society, the hope is there will be enough people keeping an eye out for the paintings to help find them and Hampshire Police are appealing for anyone with any information to come forward.

It is even more disappointing, as a proportion of the cost of the painting, when sold, is donated to the zoo.

The Bordon Herald have written a comprehensive report of the incident, which you can read about here. In addition, you can read the full BBC News report here.

We are sure you will join us in sending Pip our thoughts, and we all hope that the artwork is found and returned. Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to contact DC Hall in the Northern Investigation Team on 101 quoting crime reference number 44160463597 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.