DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke University has announced that two lemurs were born in recent weeks at its facility dedicated to the study and care of the endangered mammals.
The Duke Lemur Center said the two infants born separately in March are blue-eyed black lemurs, among the most endangered type of lemurs. The lemurs are named Hamill and Gellar in honor of actor Mark Hamill and actress Sarah Michelle Gellar.
The Star Wars actor responded on Twitter that he’s honored that the animal was named for him.
The center said that the births help increase genetic diversity among a safety net of captive lemurs outside of their habitat in Madagascar.
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The Lemur Center in Durham, North Carolina, said both young lemurs are healthy.