Death of beloved lemur sparks awareness of lemur conservation in Madagascar

The passing of Jovian, the lemur from the popular kids’ show Zoboomafoo, touched millions of people as the news spread. In the wake of Jovian’s death, DLC research intern Emma Wellbaum wrote about the loss of this special lemur and the overall challenge of protecting lemurs in Madagascar.   December 18, 2014 — On November […]

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Evening with the Experts – December 4th, Hibernation Isn’t Just For Bears

Hibernation Isn’t Just For Bears. Hibernation is a common metabolic strategy found in all major groups of mammals, however, it is rare among primates.  Dr. Marina Blanco will discuss how and why Fat-tailed Dwarf lemurs hibernate.  Dr. Blanco has just returned from Madagascar and will discuss her research and the traits of these fascinating primates.  […]

Remembering a star: Jovian, lemur host of Zoboomafoo, passes away

  November, 11, 2014, Durham, NC — A quiet sadness spread over the Duke Lemur Center staff on Monday as news spread that Jovian, a much-loved Coquerel’s sifaka had died of kidney failure at the age of 20.5 years. Within the Lemur Center, Jovian was known as an exceptionally capable and caring father, having sired […]