Tuesday, April 25, 2006

AYE-AYE LEMURS - Duke Lemur Center: New Name, New Goals

Duke University has announced that their primate's 40-year-old home is getting a makeover and a new name.
“Our new name, the Lemur Center, reflects a refocusing of our scientific goals and overall mission,” said Anne D. Yoder , the center’s director since Jan. 1.

Although the center houses several types of prosimians, a suborder of primates, lemurs are the stars. “It makes sense to rename the center,” Yoder said. “Its unique value lies with its collection of lemurs, which is the largest outside of their native Madagascar, an island off the southeast coast of Africa. We want to leverage this resource to benefit science.”

The center will officially unveil its new name and scientific agenda on Saturday, April 29, at a celebration beginning at 5 p.m. at the center.