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 birth season draws to a close, the cycle begins anew, kicking off with breeding season for sifaka.

Gothicus, Coquerel’s sifaka – 1/6/17
Furia, Coquerel’s sifaka – 1/10/17 (granddaughter of Zoboomafoo)
Warble, pygmy slow loris – 1/18/17
McKinnon, blue-eyed black lemur – 3/22/17
Poehler, blue-eyed black lemur – 3/23/17
Nacho, mongoose lemur – 4/4/17
Bijou, collared lemur – 4/5/17
Ma’at, crowned lemur – 4/29/17
Magdalena, Coquerel’s sifaka – 5/14/17 (niece of Zoboomafoo)
Leigh, blue-eyed black lemur – 5/11/17
Shezmu, crowned lemur – 5/25/17
Buzz, red ruffed lemur – 5/30/17
Agatha, aye-aye – 6/7/17
Mallard, fat-tailed dwarf lemur – 6/12/17
Timothy, grey mouse lemur – 8/8/17
Eustace, Coquerel’s sifaka – 11/3/17

Click HERE to see our 2018 infants!

Baby lemurs aren’t just cute, they’re crucial

Over the past 50 years, the Duke Lemur Center has celebrated more than 3285 births. But baby lemurs aren’t just cute; they’re crucial to the survival of their species and for the groundbreaking research that goes on here at the DLC (for example, the use of mouse lemurs in the study of Alzheimer’s). This marks the first in 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 populations of these rare and amazing animals.

Bookmark this page and check it often. Not only will we link to new written content, but we’ll also add gallery images of our infants as they arrive!

February — The Duke Chronicle covered the births of our first three infants of 2017: sifakas Gothicus and Furia, and pygmy slow loris Warble!

April 2017 — Read about our newest arrivals, two critically endangered blue-eyed black lemur infants!

May 2017 — A critically endangered mongoose lemur and an endangered collared lemur are born at the DLC! Welcome to the world, Nacho and Bijou!

May 2017 — Baby Nacho was featured in DukeToday! Read about the challenges and rewards of birth season in “Little Lemurs Equal Big Jobs.”

June 2017 — Meet Magdalena, the newest family member of the famous Zoboomafoo! The News & Observer published a delightful recap of the DLC’s birth season from January ’til June, complete with video of Gisela with baby Furia! Check it out HERE.

Question 1: How does the DLC decide which lemurs to breed?

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Question 2: How do the DLC’s lemurs get their names?

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Question 3: How involved are male sifakas in caring for their offspring?

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Question 4: What is “baby watch” like? 

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