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: Fun facts about the mouse lemur

By DLC Research Scientist Lydia Greene, Ph.D. Follow Lydia on Instagram! @lemurscientist Did you know that mouse lemurs are the smallest lemurs (and primates) on Earth? Their scientific genus name, Microcebus, is from the Greek roots are mikros and kebos — which translate to “small” and “monkey”! One of the earliest mentions of mouse lemurs […]



Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Do Valentine’s Day the LEMUR way! Below are five of our favorite ways to remember the DLC this season and help us spread the lemur love! 1. Send a LEMURS & ROSES e-Valentine ($25) For a gift of just $25, we’ll send a personalized message and special Valentine’s Day video to your “special someone” on […]



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 […]