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Eight year old Martin, holding a sumac branch neatly stripped of its leaves, sits on the threshold of NHE 8 contemplating both the forest, also nearly absent of leaves, and, perhaps, the coming winter. This year has been an eventful one for Martin: the successful birth of his and Matilda’s first infant (the adorable Gemina) in early January. The release of the new family last April into the forest just as spring was peaking. Then, Gemina’s illness, necessitating nearly a month of intensive veterinary care before she recovered enough to free range again in early June. Finally, there was the day when the almost always aggressive, dominant and vengeful Matilda was actually nice to Martin! That was truly a day to treasure! Hopefully 2017 will be just as fine, or even better, for both DLC lemurs and our human friends: may all have a new year filled with abundant, and especially sweet, sumac (or alternative delicacies), peaceful sun drenched forests, and thriving loved ones of whichever species we most prefer. And, on behalf of Martin, may the Matildas of the world learn to love and accept us for who we are, and stop chasing us from room to room (as she is constantly doing to him), just because we have made the mistake of looking at them the wrong way!