DLC staff prepare for Hurricane Florence

By Sara Clark. Photos by DLC staff. THANK YOU to everyone who has expressed concern for the safety of the DLC’s lemurs and staff as we prepare for the arrival Hurricane Florence. We feel so cared for and loved! We’re taking every precaution to ensure the well-being of all of the primates – human, loris, […]

Annual sumac harvest for sifakas’ winter diets

Coquerel’s sifakas have extremely sensitive digestive systems and specialized nutritional needs. As a species, they have a reputation of being very delicate and difficult to care for, and the Duke Lemur Center is one of very few places that has succeeded in caring for and breeding them. So much so, in fact, that all sifakas […]

Welcome Matt Borths, new Curator of the Division of Fossil Primates!

The Duke Lemur Center is delighted to announce the addition of Matt Borths, Ph.D., to the DLC staff! Matt is a paleontologist who studies the evolution of animals in Africa, particularly the evolution of carnivorous mammals – including some of the oldest meat-eaters to chase down our primate ancestors! As the new Curator of the Lemur Center’s Division […]

Fossils Rewrite the Story of Lemur Origins

By Robin A. Smith. Originally published in DukeTODAY on August 21, 2018. Read the original HERE. DURHAM, N.C. — Discovered more than half a century ago in Kenya and sitting in museum storage ever since, the roughly 20-million-year-old fossil Propotto leakeyi was long classified as a fruit bat. Now, it’s helping researchers rethink the early […]