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Could poop transplants speed recovery for sick lemurs?

Read the full release: “Lemur Research Gets A Gut Check.” Lydia and Erin’s work is an excellent example of the non-invasive research conducted at the DLC — and how, by working closely with our technician, conservation, and veterinary staff, Duke researchers help improve the welfare of the DLC’s lemur population! Learn more about Duke graduate student Lydia Greene in “Greene Finds […]



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 […]



Avocados Blamed for Sudden Deaths of Four Aye-Ayes

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 CONTACT: Karl Leif Bates (919) 681-8054 karl.bates@duke.edu DURHAM, NC — A two-month investigation into the sudden deaths of four aye-ayes at the Duke Lemur Center has left just one plausible explanation — avocados. Lemur Center officials believe that a natural toxin found in avocados the animals ate the […]



Fiber & Feces: “Lettus” Research!

The practical use and benefits of research Hi, Duke Lemur Center blog reader! I’m Lydia, a DLC researcher and veteran tour guide. On tours, I’m often asked to explain how research at the DLC can actually help us conserve and care for these endangered animals. What follows here is an example of how, by working closely […]