Wednesday, December 3, 2008

RIP Titus, last of his kind

We have some very sad news from the Duke Lemur Center this morning: Titus, a 25-year-old Golden-crowned sifaka -- the last of his kind in captivity and one of the very last in the world -- died yesterday after surgery for a tumor.

The entire staff had turned out to say goodbye to him, as he had been at DLC for 15 years. His species is highly endangered because their entire habitat is smaller than Durham County and highly threatened. Only one surviving band of golden-crowns is known to exist in Madagascar.

See the DLC blog for photos and details:

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