Lemurs are Madagascar’s spirits of the forest. Did you know that lemurs get their name from the Latin word for “ghost” or “spirit?” Some lemurs are cute, and some lemurs are creepy. Some lemurs are so creepy they’re cute. Scientists at the Duke Lemur Center study lemurs to learn about what make these primates so special. Lemurs are also threatened with extinction — the scariest story of all. The Duke Lemur Center is the world’s largest colony of lemurs outside Madagascar, and Chris Smith will introduce everyone to the world of cute and creepy lemurs. You might even get some great Halloween costume ideas!
About Our Speaker
Chris Smith wants to save lemurs. He is the education specialist at the world’s largest center for lemurs, the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, NC. Chris has worked up-close with lemurs for six years as a lemur keeper and an educator. He studied biodiversity conservation at Duke for his Master’s degree and now talks to everyone about the importance of lemurs, science and conservation.
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