Health & Disease

200 Words: Dwarf lemur hibernation season ends

By DLC Research Scientist Lydia Greene, Ph.D. Follow Lydia on Instagram! @lemurscientist This year’s hibernation season finished this week at the Duke Lemur Center, and the participating dwarf lemurs received a physical exam on Friday. Here’s Tottenham (“Tot”) having her heartbeat counted by veterinarian Dr. Laura Ellsaesser. When hibernating, a dwarf lemur naturally reduces its […]



200 Words: Sifaka diet and digestive system

By DLC Research Scientist Lydia Greene, Ph.D. Follow Lydia on Instagram! @lemurscientist Sifakas eat foliage and seasonal fruits (1). Their gastrointestinal systems are designed to optimize nutrient extraction from both. Sifakas have an elongated gut tract that is an astonishing 14-15x their body length (2). Food takes about 24-36 hours to go from eating to […]



2/16/2020 – Wild Workshop: Love and Lemurs

Ever wondered how lemurs choose their mates, how many infants a lemur can have, or why the DLC participates in a conservation breeding program? Join us for our very first Wild Workshop of 2020, Love and Lemurs, on February 16 from 1:00-4:00 p.m.! We’ll take a deep dive into the science of lemur reproduction, sharing […]



2019 Stewardship Report — Read Online!

OUR LEGACY… AND THE IMPACT OF YOUR INVESTMENT: Have you seen the DLC’s new stewardship report? Not only is it chock full of images of our amazing lemurs, it demonstrates beautifully the huge impact that your support has on the DLC’s mission! The Duke Lemur Center relies upon donations from individuals like you, who personally […]