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.
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Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science, covering topics ranging from geoscience to archaeology to the human brain and behavior. She was previously a senior writer for Live Science but is now a freelancer based in Denver, Colorado, and regularly contributes to Scientific American and The Monitor, the monthly magazine of the American Psychological Association. Stephanie received a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina and a graduate certificate in science communication from the University of California, Santa Cruz.