The Duke Lemur Center in Durham, North Carolina is the world’s largest and most diverse collection of lemurs. Did you know that, outside of Madagascar, lemurs are Earth’s most threatened group of mammals?
The Duke Lemur Center advances science, scholarship, and biological conservation through interdisciplinary research, community-based conservation, and public outreach. By engaging scientists, students, and the public in new discoveries and global awareness, the Center promotes a deeper appreciation of biodiversity and an understanding of the power of scientific discovery.
Lemurs are native only to Madagascar, where they evolved in isolation from other primates. But luckily for Durham locals and visitors, you don’t have to travel to the Indian Ocean to find a lemur: just head to the Duke Lemur Center where there are 250 individuals from 21 different species.
A non-invasive research, education, and conservation facility, Duke Lemur Center studies behavior, genomics, physiology, paleontology, and more. That means that not only can you tour the center to see lemurs up close in one of the tours offered by appointment, but you can also join a research session to see how the scientists teach lemurs, shadow a lemur keeper for a day, or even paint with lemurs!
NOSH, a wonderful supporter of the Duke Lemur Center, will be selling picnic style dinner at Lemurpalooza. They will be offering burgers, their famous brisket and portabella mushroom burgers for vegetarians or bring your own picnic basket. Come meet unique primates you can’t see anywhere else in the United States.
Community fun, gorgeous lemurs, and an opportunity to conserve the environment and endangered animals all add up to a perfect summer evening. With your tax-deductible donation, you’ll receive regular updates and photos on the animals of your choice. In 2012, lemurs were named the most endangered mammals on the planet.
All tours are by appointment only. Tours are conducted seven days a week. Tours are paid for the day of by cash, check or any major credit card. Tours tend to book up 1-2 weeks in advance, longer for weekends during the spring and summer months. If you leave a voice message, please give our staff up to 48 hours to return your call. According to the Duke Lemur Center, as of 4/1/15 weekday tours are booking 3 weeks in advance, weekends, one-two months.
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