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“Where we can learn more about lemur”
For millions of years, lemurs, the ancient relatives of monkeys, apes and humans, have evolved in isolation on the island of Madagascar. With only a few natural predators, expansive habitat, and lush vegetation, lemurs flourished on the island paradise until slightly less than 2,000 years ago when humans began to settle there. Since the first immigrants arrived, one third of the lemur species have become extinct and more teeter on the brink of extinction. As Madagascar’s population is currently doubling every 25 years, there is ever growing pressure for land, mainly for slash-and-burn agriculture. Therefore, the protection and preservation of these truly unique primates requires a holistic approach involving multiple strategies both in Madagascar and internationally.To this end, the Duke Lemur Center was established in 1966 and today is the world’s largest sanctuary for rare and endangered prosimian primates. Nestled on 85 acres in Duke Forest, the Lemur Center houses about 250 animals, including 233 lemurs encompassing 15 species, along with lorises from India and Southeast Asia and bushbabies from Africa.The Mission of the Duke Lemur Center is to promote research and understanding of prosimians and their natural habitat as a means of advancing the frontiers of knowledge, to contribute to the educational development of future leaders in international scholarship and conservation and to enhance the human condition by stimulating intellectual growth and sustaining global biodiversity.
I was impressed with the knowledgeable docents. The lemurs were cool looking. I enjoyed the night time habitats that looked like red rooms used to develop photos. The gift shop was impressive. Read more
Duke Lemur Center operates a little differently since my prior visits. Now once you book a time you can tour at your own pace rather than a guided tour. They also offer a behind the scenes tour... Read more
TLDR: Unique experience for locals and tourists alike. Reservations required. Tours are self-guided. Plan to spend about an hour here. Go earlier in the day when the lemurs are more active. Even... Read more
Duke University Lemur Center
- Sun, Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Thu: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
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