Births Of Rare Lemurs At Duke Primate Center

Note to editors: To arrange interviews or filming of the new lemur babies, contact Dorothy Clark or David Haring at (919) 489-3364. A color photo, by David Haring, of the hand-raised baby aye-aye being fed is available on the web as a jpeg image at <>, under the slug "aye-aye."

DURHAM, N.C. -- The Duke Primate Center was greeted this spring with the birth of an unusual number of babies of rare species.

This spring's infant crop include:

  • Three Coquerel's sifakas: Livia II, Eugenius and Antonia. Sifakas are agile, long-limbed animals, and Coquerel's sifakas have striking maroon and white fur.

  • A golden-crowned sifaka baby, bringing the total number of these beautiful animals in captivity to four, all of which are at the Primate Center.

  • Two aye-aye babies, one of which has remained with its mother, and another which is being hand-raised, since its mother was unable to feed it. A third aye-aye, Ozma, is pregnant. Aye-aye are exotic, gnome-like nocturnal lemurs that roughly resemble a cross between a bat, a beaver and a raccoon.

Primate Center officials said the little animals represent confirming evidence that the center understands the nutritional and maintenance needs of the highly endangered animals.

Colony Manager David Haring said this spring represented a "highly successful" birthing period for these three rare species.

"The number of births is especially large for the aye-aye, because of the lengthy period between births for that species," he said. "And this is only the second birth ever for the golden-crowned sifakas."

The first golden-crowned infant born in captivity last year died, Haring said, but the Primate Center hopes this second infant will represent the first

Contact: Dennis Meredith
Duke University

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Discovery By Fertility Specialist Offers Promise Of Reducing Multiple BirthsTied To Fertility Treatment
2. Lemurs critical to regeneration of Madagascar forests
3. Four More Lemurs To Be Released Into Madagascar Jungle This Fall
4. Duke Lemurs Are Released In Madagascar
5. Captive Lemurs To Depart For Madagascar Oct. 17 For First Release Into The Wild
6. First Planned Release Of Captive Lemurs In Madagascar Wilds Expected In Fall
7. Primate viruses transmitted to people through bushmeat
8. Primate testes grafted into mice rapidly produce fertile sperm
9. Primates trade smell for sight
10. Duke commits to enhance Primate Center
11. Primate genus sheds light on great ape and human origins, as reported in Science

Post Your Comments:

(Date:7/18/2020)... , ... July 16, 2020 , ... ... demonstrates the effectiveness of the Invictus Medical Neoasis™ active noise control device to ... study reported that the Neoasis™ device attenuated the alarm sounds from patient monitors, ...
(Date:7/2/2020)... ... 01, 2020 , ... AltruBio Inc. http://www.altrubio.com , a ... for the treatment of steroid-refractory acute graft-versus-host disease (SR-aGVHD), at European Hematology Association ... of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, this single-arm, open-label Phase 1 single ...
(Date:6/28/2020)... ... June 25, 2020 , ... In an upcoming episode ... in accelerated Point of Care Testing solutions (POCT). Check local listings for more info. ... at medical offices and are shipped to labs throughout the country. Results are then ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:7/18/2020)... ... July 17, 2020 , ... ... the life sciences and food industries, is pleased to announce that Charles Galea ... – Business Development. , Charles is an accomplished and results-driven sales executive with ...
(Date:7/10/2020)... ... July 09, 2020 , ... In most research ... to suppress pigment formation in zebrafish embryos, maintaining optical transparency to facilitate microscopic ... MA has been using the zebrafish model to investigate the causes of leukaemia ...
(Date:7/7/2020)... ... July 06, 2020 , ... Bio-IT World has ... Lilly, Bristol-Myers Squibb, the University of Chicago, Massachusetts General Hospital, Mission: Cure, and ... elite awards program, highlighting outstanding examples of how technology innovations and strategic initiatives ...
(Date:7/1/2020)... ... June 30, 2020 , ... ... insights, today announced that the launch of a new clinical diagnostics ... about the tumor microenvironment (TME). , “Flagship’s TissueInsight is a service that ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: