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Thank you for your interest in the Duke Lemur Center! Located on 80 acres in Durham, NC, the Duke Lemur Center is home to the largest and most diverse population of lemurs in the world outside their native Madagascar. Tours are available by appointment.

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Strong women of the DLC featured in story written by a Duke student and former DLC 

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A Mother's Day gift that helps lemurs, too

Send a little lemur love to the mothers in your life! Place your order now and on FRIDAY, MAY 11 we'll send  a gift from you for her to enjoy all weekend long!


For a $25 donation, send a Lemur Mother's Day Video to the moms in your life! The video will feature footage and images of lemur moms and their offspring at the Duke Lemur Center. They are sure to warm your mom's heart and make her smile. Your gift will help the Duke Lemur Center protect these endangered creatures and their habitat in Madagascar! 
 
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Speaking of mothers... Meet Pia and her infant, Gabe! Born to Pia and first-time dad Pontius on December 23, Gabe is the first member of the Duke Lemur Center's Infant Class of 2018. Click on this photo to go to our infant page to learn more about Gabe, and bookmark it so you can check back throughout the year to see our newest additions! It's peak baby season at the Duke Lemur Center!

Duke Lemur Center Director named Guggenheim Fellow


Yoder, who is the director of the Duke Lemur Center, will pursue a sabbatical project entitled “Building and Saving Trees in Madagascar.” She will study how mouse lemurs evolve into distinct species from a field laboratory in northwestern Madagascar.  (Click here to read the full story.)
 

New program to help lemurs in Madagascar

Andrea Katz, the DLC's new Program Manager for Madagascar Conservation Initiatives and Charlie Welch, our long-time Conservation Coordinator, make a great team, don't they?! Since Andrea traded in her DLC Curator "hat" for her brand-new position, she has been busy planning next steps for her new path. She is beginning a new initiative to advance animal husbandry, welfare, and breeding programs for ex situ (managed care) lemur populations in Madagascar! Click here to read our blog article about Andrea's new focus. To support her work in addition to the DLC's other conservation and education programs on the island, you may designate your gift to Madagascar Programs Fund at the Duke Lemur Center.
Happy birthday to Hesperus, our common black lemur who just turned 34 years old! His mate Harmonia is not far behind at over 33 years old. They are two of nine of our "over 30" lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center.

Did you know? 

This information is courtesy of the Duke Lemur Center's talented Data Manager/Research Scientist, Sarah Zehr.

In the wild, lemurs surviving beyond 20 years of age are few, but at the Duke Lemur Center, we have a strong membership of lemurs who belong to the "oldies but goodies club." 

The current colony at the Duke Lemur Center consists of 225 animals, but we have had a total of 4,299 animals in the historic colony (animals who have lived here or were owned by the DLC). Nine of the animals in the current colony are over the age of 30.

Seven of the oldest animals in the current colony were born in Madagascar, including four aye-ayes (Ozma, Endora, Nosferatu, and Poe), two red ruffed lemurs (Comet and Galaxy), and one red-bellied lemur (Dido II).

Black lemurs Hesperus (34y) and Harmonia (33.8y) are the other two over-30 animals in the current colony. They were both born at the DLC and have lived their entire long lives here.

New LEMURPALOOZA date added - June 1st

We were blown away that the May 5th Lemurpalooza event sold out less than TWO DAYS after sharing it on social media! So, we've decided to add a second event for Friday, June 1st! If you missed out on the May event, now's your chance. Act quickly!!!
I WANT TO RESERVE MY TICKETS FOR JUNE 1ST LEMURPALOOZA

What is PTAG and why does it matter?

Prosimian Taxon Advisory Group (PTAG) is a collaborative group of representatives from zoos and conservation facilities (including the DLC) accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in the United States that are committed to advancing the care of lemurs and lorises within human care and supporting their conservation in the wild. The Duke Lemur Center takes great pride in the dedicated efforts that we and others contribute toward its success. Click here to read more about how the Duke Lemur Center staff are involved.

Aye-ayes are EGG-straordinary lemurs

This video filmed by Primate Technician Mel Simmons lets you see up close how aye-ayes like Ardrey and Elphaba get “the good stuff” out of everything they eat – including eggs! Click the image above to watch the video and to read more about how aye-ayes use the same process of tapping, chewing, and spearing to eat eggs as they do to eat larvae in the wild. These lemurs' unusual habits, strange appearance, and nocturnal presence have made them taboo in Madagascar, where they are sometimes killed on sight as bad omens. The DLC works with people and organizations in Madagascar to help explain how special and rare these creatures are!

Learn about our research with mouse lemurs and fat-tailed dwarf lemurs in Madagascar

David Haring, the DLC's Registrar and Photographer, is always up to something -- and last week he captured this beautiful image of DLC aye-ayes Elphaba (6.5 years old) and her mom, Ardrey (22 years old) as they peered out from their nestbox.

Book summer tours soon

If you want to bring friends and/or family for tour/s this spring and summer, call to reserve your tickets well in advance! Tours are booking up fast and we have waitlists for May dates already. For spring and summer tour options, Click here to be directed to the tour page of our website.
If you have questions about contributing to our work now or planning a gift for the future, please contact Mary Paisley, Development Officer, at 919.401.7252. Thank you!
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