Duke Lemur Center

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I need to remember to post more about the fun stuff we do around our state! Last week our homeschool group had a fieldtrip to Duke Lemur Center. Ever since we first moved here five years ago it was somewhere that I wanted to go! When we first moved here in the RV our RV park was close by so we drove by it all the time.

Duke Lemur Center

It was a fascinating trip! They have the most lemurs in one place other than Madagascar! There are over 20 species there as well! I tried hard to get some photos of them, but with the fence it was a little hard to get clear shots.. I will share some of my favorites..

Duke Lemur Center

As soon as our tour started, a couple of the lemurs must have seen or heard something they didn’t like and they sent out a little warning call. I am used to warning calls, ha! We were warned by some homeschool group people that on a previous tour it was loud and somewhat smelly.. We didn’t encounter anything like that on our trip! The call was very short lived and not loud at all. I am sure if the call spread it may have gotten louder.

Duke Lemur Center

A lot of the lemurs were very playful during our tour. They were mostly grouped in couples, a male and a female. If you put two females together they would fight as each one would want to be ‘the queen’ so to speak. If you put two males together they would get frustrated and not sure what to do with their lives, lol.

Duke Lemur Center

Some were easier to photograph than others, that’s why I have more of one species than others. Some were behind more than one enclosure, etc.

Duke Lemur Center

This lemur is pretty rare! The blue eyes are definitely intriguing! The blue-eyed black lemurs are actually born a brownish red color, but the males will then change to black as they get older. They are CRITICALLY ENDANGERED and there are only four female blue-eyed black lemurs of breeding age in North America, three of them are at the Lemur Center!

Duke Lemur Center

They don’t typically socialize with the lemurs at the Lemur Center. They want to observe them in as natural a way as possible. Every now and again they need to monitor them, but for the most part they are hands off.

Duke Lemur Center

We could have easily spent more time there at each of the different areas. It was nice hearing about the different species.

They have a variety of tours set up, even a night one that I think would be a cool thing to see.. If you are local, or if you ever come to visit, don’t rule out going to the Duke Lemur Center! You do have to make a reservation for a tour though! 🙂

 

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