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VIDEO: Save the Parasites! Scientific American video feat. DLC conservationist Dr. James Herrera

Check out this outstanding video produced by Scientific American featuring DLC conservationist and researcher James Herrera, Ph.D.! James coordinates the DLC-SAVA Conservation program and is based in northeastern Madagascar. Believe it or not, James and other researchers want to save (most of) the world’s parasites—not kill them. Why? Because wildlife parasites help keep ecosystems balanced. […]


When the Duke Lemur Center’s animal technicians arrived at work on the morning of January 6, 2023, they expected pregnant Coquerel’s sifaka Rodelinda to show up alone for breakfast. Instead, they were greeted with a fuzzy little surprise: the first baby lemur of the new year! Experienced mom Rodelinda gave birth overnight to a 126g […]

US Ambassador Meets with DLC-SAVA Conservation Staff in Madagascar

By James Herrera, Ph.D. Published February 17, 2023 The Duke Lemur Center (DLC) at Duke University houses the most diverse population of lemurs outside of Madagascar. In Madagascar, the DLC has many conservation and research activities, including the DLC-SAVA Conservation project, a community-based approach to safeguarding biodiversity and human livelihoods in the northeast. In February […]

Apply Now: 2023 Internships

Applications are open for our 2023 summer internship program! This 10-week immersive experience gives undergraduate students and recent graduates the opportunity to learn about and participate in the mission of the DLC, while being mentored closely by DLC staff. This year, we will host interns in the departments of animal care, education, and communications. We […]