Maki, the missing lemur, captured in a Daly City playground, returned to S.F. Zoo

Maki, a 21-year-old ring-tailed lemur that vanished from the San Francisco Zoo on Tuesday, was found in a Daly City playground on Thursday and taken back to his enclosure by zoo officials, police said.

Daly City police officers responded to a report that Maki was in the Hope Lutheran Church playground at about 5 p.m. He was contained there until zoo officials scooped him up and returned him to his enclosure roughly five miles away at the zoo’s Lipman Family Lemur Forest habitat, police said.

Maki was “in good health” on Thursday, San Francisco police said. Officers from Animal Care and Control also responded to the scene, police said.

“We are grateful Maki is home safely!” Daly City police said.

In a photo posted to the Police Department’s Twitter, Daly City police Officer Haas squated beside a safely caged Maki before zoo officials took him home.

San Francisco police believe Maki was taken from his enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo’s Lipman Family Lemur Forest habitat on Tuesday. Police have asked for the public’s help in locating the animal.

As of Thursday evening, San Francisco police said no arrests have been made in connection with this incident.

“Thank you all for your assistance in this investigation. Because of you, we were able to locate ‘Maki,’” San Francisco police said on Twitter, sharing a photo of a seated Maki with the word “FOUND” in bold, white and red lettering.

San Francisco police said Maki’s days-long disappearance is being investigated as a burglary because investigators found evidence of “forced entry to the animal enclosure” where the endangered animal was housed.

“Investigators processed the scene for evidence and the burglary is under investigation,” San Francisco police said of the enclosure.

A Twitter user shared a photo saying the endangered animal was spotted at a daycare facility in Daly City on Thursday.

In the tweet, the person who posted the photo wrote: “The lemur was found this afternoon at my kid’s day care, Hope Lutheran, in Daly City!”

Lauren Hernández is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. Email: lauren.hernandez@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @ByLHernandez

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