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Website or domain. There really wasn't any in place for his lemurs at Yale in nineteen fifty nine an anthropologist named John Buchner Yaish started making trips from new haven Madagascar to collect lemurs and they're all these very funny stories local stories and the new haven register about the lemurs getting out of their cages or the labs and climbing up to the top of some of those those beautiful buildings and crying out so people were getting very impatient with all of his lemurs. We're hearing about about John Boehner Yaish. Everyone called him. BJ and his lemurs from author Peter Kabul according to one story in the new haven register a pregnant lemur once escaped and crawled out the window. She climbed up a Drainpipe to our fourth story let. BJ tried to lure her down. He was terrified eventually. The Fire Department was called and she was rescued. lemurs are only found in the wild in Madagascar. Many lemur species have become extinct and in two thousand twelve they were named the most endangered mammals in the world there more than one hundred species of Lemur. They can be as little as one ounce or as big as twenty pounds. Some have long black and white striped tales. Some are kind of bald. Every Lemur I've seen has round found expressive is b.j was one of the first Americans to study lemurs and he's inspired generations of Lima researcher sure since in nineteen sixty four he visited Duke University in Durham North Carolina to give a talk about Lemurs a biologist named Peter Klopp for attended that talk back then he was a newly tenure Duke professor his his field of study was mother infant bonding mostly in goats and deer. Peter Cooper says he didn't even know what a Lemur was so he was surprised how much enjoyed BJ's talk. He was so intrigued that he introduced himself to be Jay after the two men and hit it off. They talked about research. Peter invited Bj to visit the land where he studied his goats and their babies. BJ was amazed the dookie Peter so much space to keep his animals all he had for his lemurs Yale or cages many new at they weren't behaving normally in the gauges and he'd seen them in the wild and Madagascar the aesthetics of a a caged animal that you've known in the wild are not pretty and he said wow. You've got all this space. I've got these animals on tiny little. Oh cages because Yale won't let me have any space for proper facility. If I let you use my Lemurs for your study will you let me have space to house them. He wanted to give them some freedom exactly Peter Club for in. BJ came up with a plan to work together. It took about a year to put in motion. BJ got a job teaching at Duke when Peter Continued researching mother infant bonding but in lemurs instead of goat's BJ brought about ninety lemurs to Durham and put them in a Goat Barn on Peter's research land then they had to figure out a way to make the land safe and workable for ninety active primates a much harder challenge than dealing with a bunch of golds. Ed's lemurs are good climbers which makes them very good at escaping and some like mouse lemurs are so small they they can easily slip through cracks took almost a year we got the facility built with sizeable runs both indoors and outdoors and fencing that allowed us to let the larger lemurs loose altogether and farce which we you were able to properly fence meaner proof that was the beginning of what is now called the Duke Lemur Center a sanctuary dedicated to research and preservation of lemurs complete with a breeding program. Peter Cooper has been there since since the very beginning in nineteen sixty six he still there these days. He said he's sleep. Patterns in Fat Tailed Dwarf lemurs. He's hand raised generations of lemurs. Some the gala goes in his home well back in the day before the Federal Regulations on animal can use became a strict as they now are I would walk down the corridors with levers on my shoulder. we had. Bush babies running loose in my house. My children grew up with them as playmates well. That sounds fun. Oh it was great fun. Although it was also costly fun The gallaghers are urine markers a when the urinate they put their hands and urine and mark. Do you really like lemurs. Oh totally sold on Peter Cooper says that he she and Bj were building something extraordinary it was exciting but BJ was not an easy person to get along with. Peter describes him as egoistic and says BJ tended to dominate conversation according to author Peter Kobo BJ stood out at Duke. He dressed up for everything bright suits from saks fifth avenue huge horn rimmed glasses. His short hair was dyed blonde he he often wore large button that read. I'd rather be in Paris. Here's Peter Klopp for he was the sort of person who captured your attention attention and was always on center stage. Loud Bulent conspicuous addressed in a very flashy manner. They never saw neckties brilliant to sears and one day it would be in conjunction with a formal three piece suit suit and the next day you would be wearing a neuro jacket with brightly colored sash of he was colorful during his time. I am at Duke. BJ's career took off. He wrote to successful anthropology. Textbooks students loved him voting him among the best professors on campus. He sometimes signed his letters. Lemur logically yours things were going well for him at Duke but Bj didn't like living in Durham much. He said it was a cultural backwater. His wife Veena agreed they got out of town as much as they could often flying to New York just to see an opera relation with Veena was more kindred the relationship between two Siamese twins. You almost never ever saw them except together. Veniamin B. J. Menton school cool. She'd always outperformed him. She went on to become a biochemist. She'd published papers on our own but most of her work appeared it behind the scenes in her husband's lab author. Peter Cobo wonders if Veena was in fact doing most of the work that BJ got credit for BJ himself gave credit for the success of his most famous textbook. She supervised all the research in his lab. Some of his students said he was rarely there. Some of the students said. BJ seemed much more interested in having social life. Vena was the one who kept the work moving forward and kept her husband and check Peter Crop for remembers that BJ Jay had one of the biggest personalities imaginable that he would dramatically demand money from the department even banging his fist on the table people banging on the table saying I need another half million dollars or I'm gonNA leave this place and he did that. Once too. Often went to Ah Festival Roberts who's headed the Anatomy Department said I've gotten this offer is the chair of Anthropology Department New York University and unless you give me such and such I'm GonNa go and our Senate heard this once too often and I am told responded responded by saying well John. I'm sure we all wish you. Well it your new job in one thousand nine hundred seventy three. BJ Left Duke He Ian Vena moved to New York taking the job at NYU meant leaving the lemurs behind he would still study them from a distance and would occasionally only returned to Duke to collect blood samples for his research. BJ In Vienna got an apartment overlooking Washington Square Park they hosted elaborate elaborate parties and were regulars at the New York Philharmonic by all accounts their life was where they wanted it to be so when Vena had a abdominal complaint that couldn't be diagnosed and it was suggested that she undergo an exploratory surgery injury from which she did not recover. It was a stunning stunning event. I mean all all of us were shocked because Vena gave every impression of Hail and heart easy just an abdominal pain that wouldn't go away and no on thought it was anything really serious and then she died on the table he like after she died well that that's That's where I think the problem rose. I'm phoebe judge..