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Reintroduction of captive-born lemurs (10/97- 12/03)
Field Study in Africa
Web Site:
Location of Site: MADAGASCAR

Director: Charles Welch and Andrea Katz
Phone: 919 668-0267   Fax: 919 660-7348   E-Mail:
3705 Erwin Road, Durham, North Carolina 27705-5000 UNITED STATES
Department: Duke University Primate Center
Institution: Duke University

Sponsoring Institution(s): Duke University and the Madagascar Fauna Group

Research Objectives: The project has multiple yet integrated goals which give a broad environmental scope to anticipated results. The first goal is to improve the conservation status of the Betampona Natural Reserve and to contribute to in-country training in natural resource protection and management. Grassroots community activities are being developed. Another key goal of the project is the ongoing determination of the viability of using wild releases of captive-born lemurs as a conservation strategy.

Field Positions and Volunteers: contact field director, Charles Welch at

Species Studied: Varecia variegata variegata (black-and-white ruffed lemur)

Other Species at Site: Avahi laniger (eastern avahi), Daubentonia madagascariensis (aye-aye), Eulemur fulvus (brown lemur), Hapalemur griseus griseus (grey gentle lemur), Indri indri (indri), Phaner furcifer (eastern fork-marked dwarf lemur), Propithecus diadema (diademed sifaka)

Last Updated: 2002-04-18

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