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Coquerel’s Sifaka

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Grey Mouse Lemur

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Red Ruffed Lemur

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Black & White Ruffed Lemur

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Red-bellied Lemur

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Mongoose Lemur

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Red Collared Lemur

Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur

Fat-tailed Dwarf Lemur

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Blue-eyed Black Lemur

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pygmy Slow Loris

Pygmy Slow Loris

Crowned Lemur

Crowned Lemur

Aye-Aye

Aye-Aye

 

 

 

 

 

Common Black Lemur

Common Black Lemur

Common Brown Lemur

Common Brown Lemur

Thick-tailed Bush Baby

Thick-tailed Bush Baby

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sanford's Lemur

Sanford’s Lemur

Slender Loris

Slender Loris

Eastern Lesser Bamboo Lemur

Eastern Lesser Bamboo Lemur

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ring-tailed Lemur

Ring-tailed Lemur

White-fronted Lemur

White-fronted Lemur

Slow Loris

Slow Loris

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red-fronted Lemur

Red-fronted Lemur

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What is a lemur and what does the word “lemur” mean?

A lemur is a type of prosimian primate that is wild only on the island of Madagascar. Lemur in Latin means “ghost” and many of the Malagasy people believe lemurs are similar to spirits or ghosts because of their haunting stare and night activity.

How did lemurs get to Madagascar?

Madagascar broke away from Africa/India about 100 million years before lemurs ever existed. Scientists believe lemurs and other mammals reached Madagascar via “rafting” on clumps of vegetation, or trees.

What do lemurs eat?

Lemurs eat leaves, flowers, fruit, and insects. At the Lemur Center, they also eat special monkey chow biscuits (loaded with nutrients). In our natural habitat enclosures, lemurs eat all kinds of North Carolina plants, including poison ivy.

Who are their predators?

There are two aerial predators, hawks and eagles, who will take infants; and one ground predator, the fossa who is nocturnal and will take adults or babies that don’t climb high enough in a tree to sleep. Humans, either by destroying their habitat or hunting lemurs for food, are the lemurs’ #1 predators.

The animals at the Duke Lemur Center consist exclusively of prosimian primates. These are the primates that evolved before monkeys and apes, and are representative of the early primates that existed fifty million years ago. The Lemur Center houses three groups of living prosimians. In this section we would like to introduce you to the lemurs of Madagascar, the lorises of Asia and the galagos (bush babies) of Africa.

 

What happens when the lemurs at the Lemur Center become sick?

We have two veterinarians and two vet techs who works full time at the center. Our veterinarian team treats the lemurs when they are sick. They can also perform surgery if they have an injury that requires it.

Are the lemurs at the Lemur Center pets?

No! We want our animals to live in an environment as close to their natural habitat as possible. We want our animals to behave the way they would in the wild, i.e. foraging, socializing with other lemurs, breeding and warning one another of potential predators. Another way we keep them “wild,” is by not handling them unless it is absolutely necessary.

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