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Mouse Lemurs’ Role in New Alzheimer’s Hypothesis

Lemurs aren’t just cute, they’re crucial Why are lemurs so special? Here’s just ONE reason: Because non-invasive research on grey mouse lemurs has helped shed light on devastating human diseases like Alzheimer’s: https://today.duke.edu/2017/03/jumping-genes-suspected-alzheimers. Like humans, mouse lemurs develop amyloid brain plaques and other Alzheimer’s-like symptoms as they age. Studying these tiny primates has helped lead to a […]



Dwarf Lemurs in Tsihomanaomby, Madagascar

Marina, our SAVA Conservation Project Coordinator and DLC researcher, just came back from the forest and sent us these images to post! Here’s what she writes: “The other night, while doing fieldwork at Tsihomanaomby, a subhumid forest in northern Madagascar, we came across a fat-tailed dwarf lemur, a few meters away from us, carrying a ‘bouquet’ […]



2017 Infants : How does the DLC decide which lemurs to breed?

This is the 2nd of 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 captive populations of these rare and amazing animals. Learn more, submit your own questions, and see our gallery of 2017 infants here. Question 1: How does […]



Recent Births : 2017 Infants!

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 […]