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: 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’ […]

Notes from the Field, Part III: Final Thoughts

In the Duke Lemur Center’s “Notes from the Field” series, we follow DLC researcher and SAVA Conservation Project Coordinator Marina Blanco on a field expedition to Madagascar. This is the final entry in our multi-part series. Return to the Office We are back at the DLC-SAVA conservation office in Sambava, the mission to COMATSA just over. We are […]

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 […]