Maki, the 21-year-old ring-tailed lemur stolen from the San Francisco Zoo this week, was found safe in a nearby town on Thursday, police said.
The animal was spotted by a woman in Daly City, south of San Francisco, around 5 p.m. Maki was captured and returned to the zoo, San Francisco police said in a statement. Daly Town Police said the animal was found in a church yard about four miles from the zoo.
The lemur, one of the oldest in the zoo, was found missing Wednesday morning after a report of the burglary, police said.
No arrests have been made in the case, which is an “open and active” investigation, San Francisco police said.
The Daly Town Police Department tweeted a photo of Maki and said they were grateful the animal was back at the zoo.
The department said it had received a report that Maki was in the playground and “contained it until zoo staff brought him home.”
San Francisco police officers who responded to the San Francisco Zoo and Gardens on Wednesday morning discovered that there had been a forcible entry into the compound where Maki was staying, police said.
The zoo had asked the public for help in locating Maki, in part because of the animal’s specialized diet and age.
Ring-tailed lemurs are only native to Madagascar and are considered an endangered species. Earlier Thursday, the zoo announced a reward of $ 2,100 – $ 100 for each year of Maki’s life – for information leading to his recovery.