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'Juliet' Evades Primate Center Expedition

we were there, Charlie will spend only two or three days at a time in the forest," Glander said.

The aim of the expeditions is to capture a mate for Romeo, as well as another breeding pair. Once captured, the animals will be temporarily housed at the Ivoloina Zoological Park in Madagascar, where they will be gradually acclimated to a diet resembling that available at the Duke Primate Center in Durham.

Over the last few years, the husband-and-wife team of Welch and Andrea Katz have worked to develop the Ivoloina Zoological Park into a combination lemur breeding facility, zoo, education center and tourist attraction.

The one bright spot in the expedition, Glander said, was that a hotel has been built in the area, aimed primarily at fostering ecotourism.

"The people of Madagascar certainly understand the danger of extinction for these animals, but they have no choice. They need the food the animals provide and the income from logging."

The center's three-pronged approach of captive breeding, habitat protection and education aims to preserve the animals and to encourage further ecotourism in certain areas, Glander said.

The Duke Primate Center houses the world's largest collection of endangered primates. Duke is also the only university-operated center that concentrates solely on studying and protecting prosimians such as lemurs, lorises, and tarsiers.

Prosimians, or "submonkeys," are descended from primates that also were ancestors to the anthropoids, a suborder that includes monkeys, apes and humans. Thus, studying prosimians can yield insights into the early history of human ancestors.

Lemurs, isolated on Madagascar for more than 50 million years, evolved into almost 50 species, including about 16 species of giant lemurs that are now extinct. The pressure of human population increase on the island republic off Africa's east coast now threatens many extant species.


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Contact: Dennis Meredith
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Duke University
21-Oct-1996


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