The Duke Lemur Center was founded in 1966 by two scientists. Lemurs are small mammals who have large eyes and long tails. The scientists were interested in studying lemurs and their behavior. They chose to build the center in Duke Forest. They were able to build there because Duke University was interested in their research.
WHat can scientists learn from lemurs?
The Duke Lemur Center believes that the more they learn about lemurs, the better they can work to save them from extinction. There are many types of lemurs for scientists to study. Lemurs are also related to humans so we can learn a lot about ourselves through them.
The Duke Lemur Center is also making a difference by helping people to learn about lemurs and to share information about them. Over the past 50 years at the Duke Lemur Center over 3,000 endangered lemurs have been born. Thousands of students and scientists have studied there and will continue to do so.
At the center, lemurs are studied carefully and respectfully. Lemurs are wild animals and touching them is dangerous for their health and ours. Lemurs are only touched with protective gloves when cared for by veterinarians, zoologists, and scientists. This also allows the lemurs at the center to grow and behave as they would in the wild.
The Many Lemurs of the Duke Lemur Center
Courtesy of the Duke Lemur Center