Research Areas



Curiosity and knowledge prompt discovery. Discovery prompts action. And the more we learn about lemurs, the better we are able to protect them in the wild, care for them in captivity, and engage the public to not only care, but to participate. And how do we discover? Through research!

The Duke Lemur Center houses nearly 240 individual animals representing 17 species:  from mouse lemurs (the world’s smallest primates) and sifakas, to ring-tailed lemurs and aye-ayes (the world’s strangest primates), and everything in between.

The size and incredible diversity of our colony provides unique opportunities for researchers from around the world. We are home to nocturnal, diurnal, and cathemeral animals, as well as species that encompass a wide range of social systems, modes of locomotion, and dietary preferences.

Such variety yields a large and diverse research program, but the one thing that all DLC research has in common is that all is non-invasive. We do not allow research that will harm our animals in any way.

Projects and publications

Browse a complete list of Lemur Center publications from 1964 to the present, or learn more about research being conducted at the Duke Lemur Center in the following areas:

You can also view our current and recent research projects from 1991 to the present (Excel spreadsheet), or find news coverage of recent research here.






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