There is leadership and there is inspired leadership. There are decision makers whose main work is to guard us against obstacles and those who are called to lead us into the future of possibility.

The inspired leaders do things like the people at Duke University who started the Duke Lemur Center.

They are saving a species that is precious to our planet and on this edition of Saturday Around the World, we take you there to meet some lovable creatures and the remarkable people whose work is teaching others how to lead us all into the future!

Does that lovable mother look familiar? She belongs to a species called the Coquerel’s sifaka lemur. Perhaps you are in the generation that would remember a PBS star named Zoboomafoo? He was the inspiring mascot of the famous PBS kids’ show by the same name.

Zoboomafoo’s real name was Jovian. He lived a good life at the Duke Lemur Center in Durham, N.C., became an icon in conservation, and died of kidney failure when he was 20½ years old.

The 65-episodes of Zoboomafoo ran from 1999 to 2001. (Seems like just yesterday.)  They featured two brothers, Martin and Chris Kratt, who introduced pre-schoolers to the best in conservation instincts, while all the while this wonderful lemur, Zoboomafoo, bounced through the episodes, almost randomly, which was all part of the fun.

“He’d jump in through the window and we’d feed him mangoes or garbanzo beans. Sometimes he’d grab our noses with those soft sifaka hands,” – Martin Kratt.

Today, we are celebrating an effort in conserving a place in this world for lemurs like Zoboomafoo and all the rest.

Fun Fact: There are 101 species of lemurs in general, and the subspecies are divided among 5 families and 15 genera. These are some of our earliest primate relatives and live only on the island of Madagascar, where environmental problems and over-development threaten their future.

So let’s dig in and see why we call The Duke Lemur Center an  EWC Thought-Leader

First, a few facts about lemurs, some of the most lovable animals on our planet:

Now let’s get to this leadership issue! THIS is the kind of leadership that takes our planet forward. Here the story of 50 years at the Duke Lemur Center:

And the Fifth grandchild of Zoboomafoo…

Lovely sense of leadership here!

Who knew?

We can’t leave today’s article without mentioning the inspired leadership of the Kratt Brothers. They were some the first to bring conservation, fun and education together in a TV series for the youngest minds. You can find their current work on The Wild Kratts PBS website and the Wild Kratts YouTube channel.

If you’ve got young children and you want a better world for all of us, the Kratt Brothers can be the best of mentors for your kids.

Thanks for visiting EWC today! Hope you have a special place in your heart now or both Lemurs and wonderful people who would create a 50-year commitment to conserving them!

Stay open, hopeful, and optimistic!

~ Dr. Lynda

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Notes:

  1. “Five Surprising Lemur Facts from the Duke Lemur Center.” YouTube. Duke University, 05 June 2015. Web. 17 Nov. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kjug-qBV6-8>.
  2. “50 Years at Duke Lemur Center.” YouTube. Duke University, 20 Sept. 2016. Web. 17 Nov. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55Co_w2TcMk>.
  3. “Lemur Grandchild of Famous Zoboomafoo Born at Duke University.” YouTube. Duke University, 03 Mar. 2015. Web. 17 Nov. 2016. <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2–riUvAgE8>.

Dr. Lynda is a dentist, artist, global traveler, and philanthropist who looks for potential and shares it with the world.