October 22, 2014 6:30pm

DLC Lead Technician, Julie McKinney

An Unusual House Call – Saving Aye-ayes in Madagascar


On the evening of March 15, 2014, in the rainforests of Madagascar, a veterinary team from the Duke Lemur Center made an unusual house call. Their patient was a female aye-aye . She was one of five aye-ayes rescued by Malagasy researchers from a remote village after being illegally taken from the wild.   Researchers found the animals crammed in wire cages, underweight, and suffering from numerous cuts and scrapes. Within days of the animals’ rescue, Duke Lemur Center technician Julie McKinney arrived in Madagascar for two weeks to provide emergency aid to the animals. Join us to learn about this extraordinary rescue!

Julie’s seminar will also be streamed live online through a Google Hangout. Please call 919-401-7252 to make your donation and receive the link to the live-stream website.

Date: October 22nd, 6:30pm

Time:  6:30PM

Location:  Duke Lemur Center- Lemur Landing classroom

Fee: $20 general admission, $10 Duke Employees and all University students w/ ID, $10 for web link

Reservation required:  919-401-7240 or 919-401-7252 for web link

*Silent Auction will be held during the event to help raise funds for the Duke Lemur Center.

Past Events:


JULY: DLC in Madagascar with Conservation Coordinator, Charlie Welch
AUGUST: All things Aye-Aye with Lead Primate Technician, Julie McKinney
OCTOBER: “Are you smarter than a lemur?” with Animal Behavior Manager, Meg Dye
NOVEMBER: Zoobiquity: Similarities and Difference between human and lemur health with Dr. Cathy Williams.
DECEMBER: High Moon Over the Amazon: A memoir of  primatologist Dr. Patricia C. Wright
FEBRUARY: Lemur Care: Durham to Madagascar with Technician Supervisor, Britt Keith
APRIL: Making Conservation a Reality in Madagascar with SAVA Conservation director Dr. Erik Patel
MAY:Why Lemurs Literally Make a Stink About Everything with Lydia Greene, research associate at Duke University


SEPTEMBER: Circle of Life:  How a lemur scientist came to study their mysterious predator, Luke Dollar, PhD