Maki, the 21-year-old ring-tailed lemur who was stolen from the San Francisco Zoo this week, was brought to safety in a nearby town on Thursday, police said.
The animal was discovered by a woman in Daly City, south of San Francisco, around 5 p.m., and Maki was captured and returned to the zoo, police said in a statement. Daly City police said the animal was found in a church playground about four miles from the zoo.
The lemur, one of the oldest in the zoo, was discovered missing Wednesday morning after a report of a break-in, police said.
No arrests were made in the case, which is an “open and active” investigation, San Francisco police said.
The Daly City Police Department tweeted a photo of Maki and said they were grateful the animal was back at the zoo.
The department said they had received a report that Maki was in the playground and “held him back until zoo staff took him home.”
San Francisco police officers who responded to the San Francisco Zoo & Gardens on Wednesday morning found that the enclosure that Maki was housed in had been forced.
The zoo had asked for the public’s help in finding maki, also because of the animal’s diet and age.
Ring-tailed lemurs are only native to Madagascar and are considered an endangered species. The zoo announced earlier Thursday a reward of $ 2,100 – $ 100 for every year Maki lived – for information leading to his recovery.