Duke Lemur Center | 50 photos from 50 years of the Lemur Center | 1985
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In May, 1985 the Lemur Center imported 21 Philippine tarsiers (Tarsius syrichta) to join an existing colony of six Western tarsiers (Tarsius bancanus). Since tarsiers are the only totally carnivorous primate, and only eat live prey (mostly crickets in captivity), every week thousands of live crickets were brought to the Center from a local supplier to feed these voracious, tiny primates. More than a few (crickets) escaped from the animal areas, so for years their gentle chirping could be heard in nearly every nook and cranny of the DLC, even in the dead of winter! The most famous tarsier to be born at DLC was Mandarin (pictured) who was hand-raised and lived to be five years old.