Leaping Lemurs! Amazing Primates Roam North Carolina
By Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor |
Duke Lemur Center
The visitor's center at the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, N.C., where a typical southern forest is home to more than 200 lemurs and related primates.
Can I help you? A sifaka lemur hangs out under an awning at the Duke Lemur Center.
Ring-tailed lemurs emerge from the forest at the Duke Lemur Center. Lemurs trained to come at a trainer's signal are able to roam the fenced-in grounds freely.
Lemur Strikes a Pose
A Ring-tailed lemur strikes a pose at the Duke Lemur Center.
Blue-Eyed Black Lemurs are named for the male of the species, which is solid black. Females, like this one, are orange.
Blue-Eyed Black Stands
A male Blue-Eyed Black Lemur gets up on two legs in hope of food.
This close-up reveals why the Blue-Eyed Black Lemur has its name.
Sifaka lemurs are expert climbers but don't get around well on the ground. To move, they hop sideways on their back legs.
Ring-tailed Lemurs, unlike Sifakas, are ground-dwelling.
How many lemurs can fit on one tree?
A Sifaka lemur wraps long limbs and toes around a tree at the Duke Lemur Center.
A Sifaka lemur becomes a blur as it leaps through the air toward a new perch.
A Sifaka tries out a cute sitting position at the Duke Lemur Center.
Fences and trees alike become spots to hang for Sifaka Lemurs.
A ring-tailed lemur investigates scent-smeared dowels indoors at the Duke Lemur Center.
Ring-Tailed Lemur Scent Marks
A ring-tailed lemur scent-marks a wooden dowel. Scent is an important method of communication for lemurs.
A lemur investigates guests at the Duke Lemur Center
Stephanie Pappas, Live Science Contributor
Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science. She covers the world of human and animal behavior, as well as paleontology and other science topics. Stephanie has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She has ducked under a glacier in Switzerland and poked hot lava with a stick in Hawaii. Stephanie hails from East Tennessee, the global center for salamander diversity. Follow Stephanie on Google+.