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Lemurs (/ˈlmər/ ( listen) ) are a clade of strepsirrhine primates endemic to the island of Madagascar. The word lemur derives from the word lemures (ghosts or spirits) from Roman mythology and was first used to describe a slender loris due to its nocturnal habits and slow pace, but was later applied to the primates on Madagascar. As with other strepsirrhine primates, such as lorises, pottos, and galagos (bush babies), lemurs share resemblance with basal primates. In this regard, lemurs are often confused with ancestral primates, when in actuality, lemurs did not give rise to monkeys and apes, but evolved independently.

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This blue-eyed black lemur at the Duke Lemur Center really likes the biscuit- so much that he doesn't want to eat it up that quickly.

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Two new female ring-tailed lemurs were recently born at the Duke Lemur Center named Princess Julien I and Princess Julien II in honor of King Julien of Madagascar fame. This marks a milestone for the most threatened group of mammals on the planet! More info here:

Contributed by Sam Feldstone

Lemur Meditation

This little guy seemed so at peace. He was in an open area apart from the rest of the safari ride. They do this in the sun to gain warmth. He stay surprisingly still for a long time. Our guide said they often sit with their legs crossed for this "meditation."

Contributed by Shayna Rose Horowitz

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