One of the hallmarks of the Lemur Center’s research program is that it is non-invasive: We never allow research that hurts an animal or causes undue stress. But what does non-invasive research look like, and how can we use it to learn more about lemurs here and in Madagascar?

In this video, we dive into the research of one of the DLC’s staff scientists, Marina Blanco, Ph.D., who studies hibernation in fat-tailed dwarf lemurs. Dr. Blanco’s research illustrates how non-invasively studying lemurs can help us care for them in captivity and conserve them in the wild, as well as have major implications for human health—including insights on aging, diabetes, and obesity.