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Meet the Lemurs

Species housed at the DLC

The Duke Lemur Center houses 14 species of lemur, comprising the world’s largest and most diverse population of lemurs outside their native Madagascar.

Lemurs are the most endangered group of mammals in the world. Our mission is to learn everything we can about them — because the more we learn, the better we can work to save them from extinction. They are endemic only to Madagascar, so it’s essentially a one-shot deal: once lemurs are gone from Madagascar, they are gone from the wild.

By studying the variables that most affect their health, reproduction, and social dynamics, we learn how to most effectively focus our conservation efforts. And the more we learn about lemurs, the better we can educate the public around the world about just how amazing these animals are, why they need to be protected, and how each and every one of us can make a difference in their survival.

Click the images below to learn about each species currently living at the DLC. Then, book a tour and come see a few for yourself. We would love to meet you!

Colony list

For the most up-to-date list of species and individuals housed at the DLC, please see our Current Colony List.

Adoptable lemurs

Species with an “Adopt Me!” badge are adoptable through our Adopt a Lemur program. Your symbolic adoption of your favorite lemur makes a real impact on their care and conservation! Not only will you or your loved one receive a special welcome packet and quarterly updates about your animal, but your adoption donation contributes toward high-quality food, enriching activities for the animals, and top-notch veterinary care. It also helps fund our conservation programs to protect lemurs in their wild habitat, Madagascar.