Bonsai Stolen from the Safari Park Bonsai Pavilion
UPDATE: January 2020. The trees have been returned!
The former curator of the Bonsai Pavillion reports hearing something at his front door. When he went to investigate, he found the two trees sitting there. They have been "modified" and are in poor shape. Apparently someone kept the trees for four years and then had a change of heart.
UPDATE: January 2022. Stolen tree is back on display.
After a great deal of tender care, the foemoina juniper was nursed back to health and is back on display at the pavilion. Please stop by and admire this hardy tree. Unfortunately, the Chinese elm was too badly damaged and did not recover.
Two bonsai, a Chinese elm and a foemina juniper, were stolen at different times from the Bonsai Pavilion at San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido, California in 2016.
To those who have beheld our branches
As the years have come and gone.
Do not shed tears, we shall persist
Though our absence may be long.