Thursday, November 22, 2007

Surviving Lemurs Celebrate

© Donna L. Watkins - Ring-tailed Lemur
Yesterday we visited the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, NC. After studying it online to find they had lemurs, I decided I didn't want to go, fearing it would be a zoo environment which I can't handle.

With a bit more study I found that they provided great natural habitats for the animals (non-releasable wildlife). I also happened up on this news story about lemurs which came from Duke University (also in Durham), just as the lemurs did that were at the museum we visited.

Science Daily reported that Sarph, a lemur, that lives in native Madagascar is nearly 15 years old and knows where the predators lurk, where to find food, and how to make a baby with his wild-born mate.

Seven-year-old brothers Tany and Masoandro are there too, in the steep and steamy rainforest of the Betampona Reserve in northeastern Madagascar, a large island off the southeast coast of the African continent.

They're perfectly at home in the wild now, but these three black and white ruffed lemurs were born in not-so-wild at the Duke University Lemur Center.

Read the entire article.

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