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Leaping Lemurs! Amazing Primates Roam North Carolina

Flying Leap

Sifaka lemur at Duke

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A Sifaka lemur becomes a blur as it leaps through the air toward a new perch.

Sifaka Sitting

Sifaka lemur at Duke

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A Sifaka tries out a cute sitting position at the Duke Lemur Center.

Hanging Out

Sifaka lemur at Duke

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Fences and trees alike become spots to hang for Sifaka Lemurs.

Scent Experiment

Ring-tailed lemur at Duke Lemur Center

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A ring-tailed lemur investigates scent-smeared dowels indoors at the Duke Lemur Center.

Ring-Tailed Lemur Scent Marks

Ring-tailed lemur at Duke Lemur Center

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A ring-tailed lemur scent-marks a wooden dowel. Scent is an important method of communication for lemurs.

Lemur Investigation

Lemur at Duke

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A lemur investigates guests at the Duke Lemur Center

Stephanie Pappas

Stephanie Pappas is a contributing writer for Live Science covering topics from geoscience to archaeology to the human brain and behavior. A freelancer based in Denver, Colorado, she also 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.