Hampshire Police are appealing for information following the theft of wildlife paintings from Marwell Zoo.
The paintings by renowned wildlife artist, Pip McGarry, were valued in the region of £164,000.
Thieves broke into the gift shop of Marwell Zoo between 6pm on Thursday 8th December and 8.30am on Friday 9th December. They then stole ten framed oil paintings and a pencil sketch.The works depicted African animals including snow leopards and elephants.
Detective Constable Alex Hall said: "I am appealing for anyone who knows the whereabouts of these valuable works of art to contact me.
“These paintings represent a considerable amount of work for the artist who is devastated by their loss.
“Additionally the sale of these paintings would have benefited the zoo as a proportion of any sale is donated to them”.
Anyone with any information about the theft should contact DC Hall in the Northern Investigation Team on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.