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Duke Lemur Center to host ‘Lemurpalooza’ open house and ‘adoption’ event

It’s baby season at the Duke Lemur Center

‘Furia,’ a baby Coquerel’s sifaka, clings to her mother Gisela’s back as the two lemurs await peanut treats from primate technician Melanie Currie at the Duke Lemur Center on Wednesday. Furia was born on Jan. 10.
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‘Furia,’ a baby Coquerel’s sifaka, clings to her mother Gisela’s back as the two lemurs await peanut treats from primate technician Melanie Currie at the Duke Lemur Center on Wednesday. Furia was born on Jan. 10.

The Duke Lemur Center wants to introduce you to its furry residents at “Lemurpalooza.”

The center will host its “Lemurpalooza” open house and adoption event from 5-8 p.m. on Friday, June 2 at 3705 Erwin Road in Durham.

It costs $7,400 per year to care for each of the center’s lemurs. Lemurpalooza helps cover those costs through the center’s Adopt-A-Lemur program.

The event costs a $50 Adopt-A-Lemur donation per car, but reservations must be made in advance.

Each $50 donation includes parking and admission for one vehicle at Lemurpalooza, as well as the symbolic adoption of a lemur through the DLC’s Adopt-A-Lemur program.

Donors receive regular updates and photos of the animal of their choice, but the lemurs do not actually go home with their adopters.

“The animals stay at the DLC, and we do the dirty work,” the center said on its website.

Attendees will get to visit with the lemurs and other prosimians who live at the center and participate in educational activities. The center’s mascot, Maky, also will be there.

The American Meltdown food truck will have dinner available for purchase and Fairy Hair Flare will have its sparkle hair available. Guests also may bring a picnic.

“This will be a special evening experience that allows families to stroll and view the animals at their own pace, rather than our usual guided tours,” the center said on its website. “Keepers, educators, researchers and more will be on hand to talk about the adoptable lemurs and to answer your questions.”

For more information on Lemurpalooza or to see Lemurs available for “adoption,” go to http://lemur.duke.edu/lemurpalooza.

Abbie Bennett: 919-836-5768; @AbbieRBennett

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