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Elementary, my dear Watson! On the morning of April 7, 2023, the Duke Lemur Center’s animal technicians found that pregnant ring-tailed lemur Sierra Mist had given birth to a HUGE male infant, weighing in at a whopping 90 grams! (For comparison, ring-tailed lemur infant Jasper, born only two weeks prior to a different set of […]


On the morning of March 23, 2023, the Duke Lemur Center’s animal care team went to check on expecting ring-tailed lemur mom Alena and were delighted to see that she had given birth overnight to a healthy 69g male infant. Jasper is Alena’s third son with her partner, Stewart. Alena has plenty of experience as […]

Grayson goes to Madagascar—and you can help!

By Grayson Pellerito. Published April 11, 2023. My Journey to Madagascar I’ve been working at the Duke Lemur Center for almost four years as a Primate Technician, and now I’m entering a new role as a Conservation Technician! I have never known exactly where my career was headed, but I have always had a feeling […]

FAQ: How Did Lemurs End up at Duke?

By Peter Klopfer, Ph.D., Co-founder of the Duke Lemur Center as told to Greg Dye, Director of the Duke Lemur Center, in 2020 Many people ask why and how the DLC’s first lemurs came to North Carolina, but few expect the response: through a civil rights protest and a legal journey that ended in the […]