It’s birth season here at the Duke Lemur Center!
Birth season began this January with the arrivals of sifakas Gothicus (1/6) and Furia (1/10), our first babies of the year! Different species breed and give birth at different times, so infants should continue arriving through July and even August, concluding with the last mouse and dwarf lemur births. As birth season draws to a close, the cycle begins anew, kicking off with breeding season for sifaka.
Baby lemurs aren’t just cute, they’re crucial
Over the past 50 years, the Duke Lemur Center has celebrated more than 3285 births. But baby lemurs aren’t just cute; they’re crucial to the survival of their species and for the groundbreaking research that goes on here at the DLC (for example, the use of mouse lemurs in the study of Alzheimer’s). This marks the first in a series of posts exploring how the DLC determines which lemurs are bred, what ‘baby watch’ is like for techs and vet staff, and why it’s so important to increase populations of these rare and amazing animals.
Bookmark this page and check it often. Not only will we link to new written content, but we’ll also add gallery images of our infants as they arrive!
April 2017 — read about our newest arrivals, two critically endangered blue-eyed black lemur infants!
Question 1: How does the DLC decide which lemurs to breed?
Click here to learn the answer!
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