Discover! Curiosity and knowledge prompt discovery. Discovery prompts action. And the more we learn about lemurs, the better we are able to protect them in the wild, care for them in captivity, and engage the public to not only care, but to participate. And how do we discover? Through research!
The Duke Lemur Center houses approximately 250 individual animals representing 23 species: from mouse lemurs (the world’s smallest primate) and sifaka, to ring-tailed lemurs and the aye aye (the world’s strangest primate), and everything in between.
The size and incredible diversity of our colony provides unique opportunities for researchers from around the world. We are home to nocturnal, diurnal, and cathemeral animals, as well as species that encompass a wide range of social systems, modes of locomotion, and dietary preferences.
Such diversity yields a large and diverse research program, but the one thing that all DLC research has in common is that all is non-invasive. We do not allow research that will harm our animals in any way.
Some of the main areas of exploration are in the fields of: