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Baby Lemur Born by Rare C-section at Duke Lemur Center

By Sara Clark DURHAM, N.C. — Because they’re endangered, all baby lemurs are special. But some, like Ranomasina, are extraordinary. “This is not just any baby,” says Bobby Schopler, a veterinarian at the Duke Lemur Center since 2005. “This is the most important birth in the 13 years I’ve worked here.” Baby Ranomasina is the […]



A Letter from the Director

Dear Friend of the Duke Lemur Center, I write to you with both a joyous “welcome to the world!” and a bittersweet farewell.  On July 1st, I will be stepping down from the directorship of the Duke Lemur Center after nearly 13 years at its helm.  It has been a marvelous time in my life, one […]



Video: How does hibernation work?

Have you ever wondered how hibernation works? Or if humans could actually hibernate in real life?! (It’s a common scene in science fiction films, after all!) Check out this informative – and adorably illustrated! – video by Sheena Faherty, Ph.D., one of DLC Director Anne Yoder’s former graduate students. While pursuing her Ph.D. here at Duke, Sheena […]



Notes from the Field: IUCN Red List meeting in Madagascar

By Marina Blanco, DLC-SAVA Conservation Coordinator and Lydia Greene, DLC researcher and Duke Ph.D. candidate Antananarivo, Madagascar | May 14, 2018 Lemurs are the most critically endangered group of vertebrates on Earth. Deforestation, illegal logging, and bushmeat hunting threaten 94% of lemur species in the wild, and most lemur species cannot be maintained in captivity. […]