Tours of the Duke Lemur Center, the only university-based facility dedicated to the preservation and study of prosimian primates, are in full swing as spring arrives in Durham. The 80-acre center is home to the world's largest lemur habitat. It houses over 200 lemurs, representing 17 species.
Lemurs are the most endangered mammal group on the planet. The center has had an active conservation program for over 20 years, both in the United States and on the island of Madagascar, the lemurs native habitat.
During the winter months the animals are kept inside. As soon as the weather warms, many of the lemurs are released to the outside enclosures.
Currently there are eight outside enclosures with a ninth to be opened this summer.
Lemur babies are an added spring attraction. There are currently nine newborns, with more on the way.
For information about tours of the center, go to lemur.duke.edu/tours/