One answer is the Duke Lemur Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. This is the one place on Earth that Madagascar based researchers can come to see their subjects up close and personal. In the wild, lemurs live up in the canopy and are observed with binoculars.
|When Lemurs Attack|
|Sifakas Bounding through Duke Forest|
|These lemurs don't stay still for long!|
My brother received his P.h.D. in Journalism at Carolina. I was ornery and showed up at the Old Well with a K.U. blue Quidditch shirt and a Duke blue umbrella. It rained most of the time we were there, so the Carolina blue sky was just a fantasy for us.
While we were in the neighborhood, an only at Duke experience with the lemurs was in order.
|I told you they were hungry. Yes, this close. So cool.|
1. Try not to step on the lemurs.
2. Follow directions.
3. The lemurs can touch you, but you cannot touch them.
4. Take all the photos and video you want, but share them with the world.
I am gladly fulfilling that final obligation.
|Yes, they really are this adorable in person.|
As with all programs featuring endangered species, the Duke Lemur Center is highly regulated. The outdoor compounds are fenced, but the individual animals need to be a good fit for natural experiences. The tiny and nocturnal mouse lemurs are not candidates for life in the forest.
|These lemurs dine on a special lemur chow and leaves.|
If you live anywhere near the Research Triangle area, you should treat yourself to the Walking with Lemurs tour. The money goes directly to Duke's U.S. and Madagascar based conservation efforts. It will be the best $95 you can spend. Really, just look at the stupid grin on this child's face!
|I had an even goofier grin on my face during our visit.|
The full album from our trip lives on my Google+ page at Claire and Duke TIP. As always, thanks for reading!
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