Watch Peter Larsen, Anne Yoder, and lots of cute mouse lemurs in the video “Why Study Mouse Lemurs?”, produced by Duke University in February 2018. CLICK HERE or anywhere on the image to launch the video!

Like humans, mouse lemurs sometimes develop amyloid brain plaques and other Alzheimer’s-like symptoms as they age. Because mouse lemurs are primates, they are a closer genetic match to humans than mice or rats are. The Duke Lemur Center’s non-invasive research on these tiny primate cousins could help explain the initial stages of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. The Duke team hopes their research will help identify people at risk sooner, before they develop symptoms, or point to new ways to delay onset or slow progression of the disease. Click HERE to watch the video.

Or, read more about mouse lemurs’ role in a new alzheimer’s hypothesis!

All DLC research is non-invasive, meaning that we do not allow research that will harm our animals. Learn more about the Duke Lemur Center’s research program HERE.


Duke Lemur Center is partially funded by Duke University and the National Science Foundation, but we rely heavily on private donations and endowments to help pay for animal care and housing. Please consider making a donation to support the DLC’s mouse lemur colony and our threefold mission of research, education, and conservation.

More information is available HERE, or you can click on the ‘Donate Now” button below to be taken directly to Duke’s secure online giving site. Thank you so much for your support! We couldn’t do this without you!