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Historic animal data

Download data now! Since its establishment in 1966, the Duke Lemur Center has accumulated detailed animal records for over 4,300 individuals. Here we provide a life history table and other verified data relating to ancestry, reproduction, longevity, and body mass for 27 prosimian primate taxa. To access the database, click here.

Current colony list

To view a list of the current colony by species, click here. To download a spreadsheet version of the colony list, click here. You will find usage notes at the bottom of the “by species” file and on the second tab of the spreadsheet.  These animal lists may change slightly from month to month due to new animals entering the colony (births, transfers in from other institutions) or leaving the colony (deaths, transfers out to other institutions).

Live animal use

We strive to accommodate all research that adheres to our “do no harm” policy. Note that all the DLC’s research is non-harmful. We do NOT allow research that will harm the animals. To ensure animal safety and well-being, all project proposals must be reviewed and approved before research can begin. To learn more about project feasibility and the approval process, please click here.

Biological samples

The Duke Lemur Center maintains a large inventory of biological samples that are available for scientific study by qualified individuals (e.g., researchers) or institutions (e.g, research centers or museums). If you are interested in obtaining biological samples, please click here.

Fossil specimens

The DLC Museum of Natural History maintains collections from the early Eocene of Wyoming; the late Eocene, early Oligocene, and early Miocene of Egypt; the Miocene of Colombia; the Holocene of Madagascar; and an extensive osteological collection. Researchers, students, and educators who interested in conducting research in the collection, negotiating a loan, or discussing specimen casts or preparation records are invited to submit our Information Request Form. 

The Museum also maintains an extensive digital museum of specimens available for free as micro-CT scans and digital models at MorphoSource. If you are interested in downloading scans or models of fossils, please submit your request using our Information Request Form.

The Museum is located on Broad Street in Durham, NC, about 10 minutes from the DLC’s main campus. Visits should be arranged in advance.

Funding opportunities

Undergraduates and graduate students are welcome to apply for a number of awards to support research projects at the Duke Lemur Center.


Our lemurs are housed in a variety of ways at various times of the year, depending on the species, the weather, and the individuals in question. We are also able to provide designated research rooms and laboratory space for researchers, as well as limited housing in a rustic cabin located on site. To learn more, click here.


Research at the Duke Lemur Center is made possible with grants from the National Science Foundation.