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By Daniella Silva

A monkey is on the loose in Tennessee after it escaped from its enclosure at a zoo on Thursday, prompting a search by zoo officials.

Officials at the Memphis Zoo told NBC affiliate WMC that a female Sulawesi Macaque named Zimm managed to get out of its enclosure on Thursday afternoon. Visitors were asked to leave the area as a safety precaution and escorted indoors.

A Sulawesi Macaque named “Zimm” escaped her enclosure at the Memphis Zoo.Memphis Zoo

Laura Doty, marketing and communications manager with the Memphis Zoo, told NBC News that zoo staff know the location of the monkey, and were working to catch the small macaque and return it to its home.

The station reported Thursday evening that Zimm is thought to be asleep in a storm drain, and staff were hopeful she would come out Friday morning.

The zoo posted a message to Zimm on its Twitter account late Thursday that said, "We have you in our sights" and that pledged "we'll have you home soon."

Live video from WMC showed zoo personnel surround an area of the zoo as they attempted to reach Zimm. The rescue team was attempting to use small nets to capture the escaped primate.

The monkey is not believed to be a danger to visitors.