COVID-19 has disrupted normal operations on an unprecedented level, and we’ve missed having guests onsite to learn about our amazing lemurs. So, to help us stay connected to our amazing community, we have been hard at work developing virtual programming for you to enjoy from the comfort of your own homes!
Spring and early summer are the busiest time of year for DLC visitors, and we have truly appreciated the support we’ve received from our community and donors as we determine how best to proceed. While we do hope to recoup some financial support for our staff and programs here in North Carolina and in Madagascar, we also recognize that this unprecedented situation is affecting everyone, everywhere, in varying ways. In order to keep our programming as accessible as possible, we have a few different options for how you can stay involved, and to keep learning all about lemurs!
Lemur Science! And Trivia?
Have you ever wondered what a DLC researcher gets up to in the field? Or how to extract and preserve a 30-million-year-old primate fossil?
Have you ever wanted to learn more about the unique island of Madagascar, and the DLC’s conservation efforts on-the-ground there? Or how lemurs evolved such unique traits?
This free, weekly series is hosted on YouTube Live by our new virtual education partners Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants at 10:00 AM EST every Thursday. Each week, one of the DLC’s very own lemur experts will go in-depth on a lemur-related topic.
Can’t make it on Thursday mornings? Don’t worry! We’ll be posting recordings of each talk on the DLC Facebook and YouTube channels, and we’ve even provided an extra incentive to watch. We’ll be posting a trivia challenge video every few weeks, and the folks who’ve been watching our expert talks each week will have a definite advantage! For more information, check out our Facebook event.
COMING SOON: DLC Virtual Tour
We are still working on developing this option, but we can tell you that it will include links to downloadable video content, as well as a live Zoom presentation and Q&A session with one of our lemur experts! This option will be low cost, and the fee will cover an entire household, whether it’s one or six people joining from the same computer. We will be limiting the group size for each Zoom session to 10 households, so you’ll have ample opportunity to interact with your lemur expert. We will also have private virtual tour options available for those who would like to focus on a more specific subject, or get more direct interaction with their lemur expert! We’re hoping to launch this option in June, but be sure to follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date announcements about new programs.
COMING SOON: Virtual Painting Packages
Painting sessions are a fun and engaging enrichment activity for our lemurs, and they result in incredibly unique works of art! With a virtual painting package, you’ll receive a custom video of our painting session with a lemur species of your choosing, using colors you’ve specified to create your very own works of art!
Each package will include a downloadable link to your tailor-made video; access to our virtual tour videos and other great virtual content about your lemur artists and the painting process; and a mailed package of your lemur artwork sent right to your home. This option is still under construction, but we are hoping to launch it in June. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for the most up-to-date announcements about new programs.