To develop sustainable alternatives to traditional farming practices, the DLC-SAVA Conservation Initiative collaborates with rural communities to teach and practice agroecology – a system of farming that mimics nature to increase soil fertility, crop productivity, and restore the landscape.
We visited with participants in our program to monitor and evaluate how well they are doing implementing these new techniques.
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Last week marked the end of the Duke Lemur Center's summer 2022 internship program!
These 19 exceptional students were selected from our most competitive applicant pool yet. They spent 10 weeks of the summer learning about and conducting research in behavioral ecology, paleontology, animal welfare, husbandry, environmental education, and science communications.
The program culminated with our intern project symposium, where the interns presented their independent research projects to staff, family, and friends. Thank you, interns! ... See MoreSee Less
While black and white ruffed lemurs and Coquerel's sifakas occupy different habitats in Madagascar, many of our forested enclosures include multiple species.
Groups of animals tend to stick with their family members and only occasionally run into each other in the forest, usually around feeding time.
Coquerel's sifaka and ruffed lemurs have different favorite foods, places to rest, and ways of using the forest so they do not compete against one another for resources. Plus, it is an incredible chance to see how unique each lemur species is from one another!
Ever wonder how we keep our lemurs safe and sound in the forest? Or why some of the photos we share show lemurs in pink or red light? Check out this episode of our virtual tour series, all about housing at the DLC: vimeo.com/712423924!
Catch our whole virtual tour free any time at lemur.duke.edu/virtual-tour. ... See MoreSee Less
Celebrations like #babyweek2022 cannot happen without an incredible behind-the-scenes team!
We use positive reinforcement training to minimize the stress of routine medical exams. Aye-aye Fady and her caretaker Jenna are training pros! Fady allowed her care team to perform ultrasounds to monitor the development of Baby Binx throughout her pregnancy. Other lemurs, like Coquerel's sifaka Pompeia, will allow their keepers to perform checkups on their infant in exchange for a tasty treat!
Our veterinary staff (like Vet Tech Megan, pictured here) are experts at using lemur behavior to make exams easier. Aye-ayes naturally forage upside-down often, so hanging from her feet is easier than making Fady lay down or stand up to show off her abdomen. Animal behavior can lead to some funny moments too! Lemurs tend to lick ultrasound jelly off of themselves at the end of an exam-- so we use baby food! It's non-toxic and is a tasty treat for participating in their care. ... See MoreSee Less
It's two for one with our last infants of #babyweek2022! Meet twin mouse lemurs Azalea and Tiger Lily!
Did you miss any of our announcements this week? Visit lemur.duke.edu/baby-week-2022 to read about each of our five new additions at the DLC!
Want to help keep the Baby Week celebration going? Consider 🍃 Symbolic adoption: lemur.duke.edu/adopt 🍃 Ordering from our Amazon Wishlist: lemur.duke.edu/adopt 🍃 Making a donation: lemur.duke.edu/donate ... See MoreSee Less
Hoku is a Hawaiian word that means star and night of the full moon. Hawaiian words can have multiple meanings and it fits perfectly with the celestial naming theme we have for ruffed lemurs at the DLC.
While ruffed lemurs often have twins or triplets, a single baby is not uncommon for first-time moms like Mae. Hoku is growing up fast and often eats fruits and veggies alongside her parents when she is not climbing and playing! ... See MoreSee Less
The Red Ruffed I had the honor of working with in college had been in the SSP, her name was Luna. I saw one of her sons at the LA zoo, his name was Perseus. Luna is who started my engulfing love of Lemurs! 🥰
I'm suggesting that mother Mae, and other mom white ruffed lemurs, are just testing the magical land of parenthood by starting with one.
Gloves to match that gorgeous face and tail
I can barely handle the cuteness! 🥰🥰🥰
OH MY GLOB LET ME INTO THE SCREEN SO I CAN CHEW THEIR NOSE
Can never get enough lemurs !! ❤️
Her name certainly fits
Beautiful girl 🥰
Hoku is gorgeous
🎵It's a perrfecctt daaayyy nothing's standing in my waaayyy!🎵- Hoku
If you have symbolically adopted Coquerel's sifaka Pompeia, you've already met our first infant of #babyweek2022.
Cornelia Africana was born on February 20, 2022 and is the third critically endangered Coquerel's sifaka born at the DLC in the 2022 infant season.
Symbolic adoptions help us care for animals like Cornelia and her mom, Pompeia. You can be among the first to learn about Cornelia's milestones by adopting a Coquerel's sifaka at lemur.duke/edu/adopt! ... See MoreSee Less