Duke Lemur Center Coloring Pages
What did the lemur say to the sailor? Aye-aye, captain.
You might have seen lemurs that like to "move it, move it" in an animated movie or maybe at the zoo. Did you know that the world's largest and most diverse population of lemurs outside their native home in Madagascar are living in Durham? The lemurs featured on these coloring pages are from the Duke Lemur Center (DLC), a world leader in the study, care, and protection of lemurs founded on the campus of Duke University in 1966. The DLC is home to more than 200 animals across 14 species!
Because all of its research is non-invasive, the DLC is open to the public and educates more than 35,000 visitors annually. Purchase a ticket online to schedule a tour and see some lemurs in person.
Below you will find a collection of free lemur coloring pages for both kids and adults. Download the coloring pages, print them out, and bring them to life. Take a picture and tag Discover Durham @durhamnc with your finished art.
Due to its bizarre appearance and unusual feeding habits, the aye-aye is considered by many to be the strangest primate in the world. Unusual physical characteristics include incisors that are continually growing, extremely large ears, and a middle finger which is skeletal in appearance and used as a primary sensory organ.
Blue-Eyed Black Lemur
As its name suggests, the blue-eyed black lemur has impressive blue eyes, a rarity among non-human primates. The eyes can range in color from a shocking electric blue, a light sky-blue, or a softer gray-blue.
Fat-Tailed Dwarf Lemur
Before hibernating, fat-tailed dwarf lemurs begin accumulating fat in their tails by gorging on food during the wet season (when fruits and flowers are more abundant) in preparation for the dry season.
The Malagasy name ‘sifaka’ comes from the distinct call this animal makes as it travels through the trees: “shif-auk.”
The DLC was home to arguably the most famous Coquerel’s sifaka, Jovian, also known as Zoboomafoo, the leaping star of the PBS Kids show hosted by brothers Martin and Chris Kratt.
For more fun facts about lemurs, check out the Duke Lemur Center!