The Duke Lemur Center is in the Spotlight with New IMAX Film

Lemurs are in the spotlight this week. The Duke Lemur Center is celebrating #LemurWeek in conjunction with the April 4 release of the new IMAX 3D film, "Island Of Lemurs: Madagascar". 

Duke Lemur Center in Durham, N.C.
Lemur Week begins in Durham, N.C. 

Filmmaker Drew Fellman, songwriter/singer Hanitrarivo Rasonanaivo and accomplished primatologist, Dr. Patricia C. Wright, flew into Durham to kick-off a week long press junket to coincide with the film's release. Durham's Mayor Pro Tem, Cora Cole-McFadden, officially opened the special week.

Some of Duke's own fat-tail dwarf lemurs had a very small part in the film. They were needed to create the journey to Madagascar millions of years ago. These adorable little lemurs look a lot like the original proto-lemurs so they were cast for a very short scene. and filmed in front of a green screen.

Filmmakers said that when they began filming, these nocturnal lemurs would fall asleep as soon as they saw light. This behind the scenes video gives you some insight on the filming.

The Duke Lemur Center is simply fascinating. Tours are made by appointment and are geared for ages 10 and up, especially in the areas where the lemurs run free in the forest. Since I had my kids with me for this event, we experienced a special behind the scenes tour where staff care for the lemurs. Children under 10 are not allowed in the forest with the lemurs.

Duke Lemur Center in Durham, N.C.

There are so many different varieties of lemurs. I really had no idea. A lot of people are more aware of lemurs because of the animated film, "Madagascar", but the IMAX documentary will truly shine the spotlight on these incredible animals.  I had a hard time getting good photos with them behind the cages, but this one posed for me without any problem.

The Duke Lemur Center houses the biggest population of lemurs outside of Madagascar. They have more than 200 lemurs living there. It's definitely worth a visit to see these endangered species. The Center has several tours available, including one where you can paint with the lemurs.  Also, the check the website for several events during Lemur Week. 

Islands Of Lemurs: Madagascar looks to be an amazing film. It will be playing in Raleigh at the Wells Fargo IMAX Theatre at Marbles. 

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