James Trinh, a young student at Hope Lutheran Church Day School, spotted the lemur when his mother came to pick him up from school, his parents told the affiliate.
“‘Call the zookeeper!'” the 5-year-old animal lover remembered saying.
Sarah Riggs, a kindergarten teacher there, told KABC the lemur “was hopping around the play structure” before hiding in a plastic playhouse as his rescue neared.
Police haven’t made any arrests in connection with Maki’s abduction, and the zoo burglary investigation remains open.
CNN has reached out to the zoo and to Hope Lutheran Church Day School for comment on Maki’s return and is waiting to hear back. According to KABC, Maki is in the care of veterinarians.