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INFANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Triplet ruffed lemurs born at the Duke Lemur Center!

On Day 5 of #BabyWeek2020, the Duke Lemur Center is thrilled to announce the births of Sunshine, Orbit, and Sputnik – a trio of critically endangered black and white ruffed lemurs (Varecia variegata) born to parents Halley and Ravo! “Triplets were a surprise,” says Melanie Currie, one of the infants’ primary caretakers. “Halley has had […]



INFANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Meet Siwa, an endangered crowned lemur!

Look closely…very closely…there! Our newest baby crowned lemur, Siwa, is still tucked safely around his mother, Seshat’s, belly — and as such is sometimes a little tough to spot! Seshat and father Zuberi are very protective of their little one, so our keepers haven’t gotten close enough yet to tell definitively if Siwa is a […]



New IUCN Conservation Assessments: Coquerel’s sifakas now Critically Endangered

By DLC research scientists Marina Blanco, Ph.D. and Lydia Greene, Ph.D. The new conservation assessments for Madagascar’s 107 lemur species have been released by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and the updates are, to say the least, alarming. Since the previous assessment, many species have been uplisted, meaning that they are now considered […]



INFANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Meet Ripley, a black and white ruffed lemur!

Meet Ripley, a critically endangered black and white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata) born to first-time parents Herschel and Hermione! Ripley was born May 12, 2020 and is named after a crater on Pluto’s moon—which was named after Sigourney Weaver’s character in Alien! Our Ripley is brave, bold, and adventurous, just like her fictional namesake. At feeding […]