DURHAM, WNCN – After being closed for more than a year due to an epidemic, Duke Lemur Center: is open to the public again և now offers limited excursions.
The center is a great place to meet family, friends, and learn about the most endangered mammals on Earth.
Sarah Clark, communications director at the Dar Lemur Center, said there was no place for their center in the world.
“We have more lemurs here in Duke than anywhere else outside of Madagascar,” Clark said.
Unfortunately, animals are at high risk in Madagascar due to a number of issues, such as poverty and development.
“If the worst happens if we lose those species in Madagascar, we have populations of safety nets here through conservation breeding,” Clark said.
The director of communications said that scientists from around the world are visiting the Duke Lemur Center for non-invasive research on lemurs. Most studies are observational և do not harm lemurs.
Clark said. “By coming, through your duty, you are supporting the breeding and conservation work of the center in Madagascar.”
Lemons are subject to COVID-19, so the center takes safety precautions to prevent any spread of the disease to animals. This means that public tours are limited, և masks are always in demand.
“The fees for all those tours are right to support the Lemur Center, so the food, the veterinarians take care of it, the animal care staff, and it all comes back to the Lemur Center,” Clark said.
He said excursions make up 20 percent of the center’s budget, which had a big impact during the epidemic. They try to jump back safely and slowly.
“There are several types of tours. “You can choose the virtual, or you can choose the physical,” said Clark.
Individual tours include either a lemur tour or a general tour. Walking with a lemur allows you to walk in the woods with animals. Lemurs do not bother you while you are surrounded by them.
“During the general tour you actually see more Lemur species, but you do not need to go to the forest,” said Clark.
The tours are special now as the Duke Lemur Center welcomed five babies in March-April. While walking in the center you will have the opportunity to see baby limurs.
Tickets must be paid online“They sell fast, but keep in mind that new weeks are released every Friday, so keep checking.”