Thank you for supporting the Duke Lemur Center!

As we work to advance science, educate new generations, and save the world’s lemurs from extinction, philanthropic giving is essential to our success. Every student, every researcher, and, certainly, every lemur is touched by the generosity of our friends and partners. Your giving makes more of a difference than you know.


Yes, I’d like to make a secure, tax-deductible gift online now!

There Are Many Ways, and Reasons, to Give

The Duke Lemur Center is funded by three main sources: Duke University, the National Science Foundation and private donations.

Your tax-deductible donations make it possible to provide the food, veterinary and keeper care and equipment necessary to care for our irreplaceable colony each and every day.

Private donations and grants fund 100% of the Lemur Center’s conservation efforts in Madagascar to save and protect wild lemurs and their natural habitats.

Secure Online Giving

Online giving is quick, simple, and secure! Donors are welcome to identify a specific area or fund to which their donation will be applied:

1. Duke Lemur Center – gifts go toward the DLC’s general operating fund to be used in the area where they are most urgently needed


2. Adopt-A-Lemur Program Fund – gifts are applied toward the care of the animals here at the Center. The average cost of a lemur’s care is $7,400 per lemur per year. Adoption packages range from $50 to $7,400 annually.


3. Madagascar Programs Fund – gifts go toward the Lemur Center’s SAVA conservation work “on the ground” in Madagascar


All gifts are tax-deductible. Thank you for supporting the Duke Lemur Center!

Mailing A Check

If you’d rather not donate online, you’re also more than welcome to mail a check. Checks can be made payable to “Duke University” and sent to: Duke Lemur Center c/o Development Department, 3705 Erwin Road Durham, NC 27705.

If you would like to speak with someone about your gift, please contact Susan Fitzgerald at 919-401-7252.

Send A Lemur A Present!

Our lemurs love everything about their amazon wishlist gifts, even the boxes! Collared lemur Dozi tries to figure out a new windmill toy, and sifaka sisters Francesca and Isabella munch from their new interactive feeders.

Did you know you can send toys and treats to the DLC’s playful prosimians? Select an item from our wishlist, and your present will be sent directly to the Duke Lemur Center! Be sure to include your name and address in the notes field so the lemurs can send a thank-you!

Click for an adorable thank-you video that shows how the lemurs use their wishlist items for fun and physical and mental exercise. Thanks for enriching the lives of our lemurs!

Adopt-A-Lemur Program

Adopt-A-Lemur packages make great gifts and allow recipients to learn about different animals here at the Center. Adopt a lemur for yourself, your class, your office, or for the lemur lover in your life!  These packages are available at a variety of giving levels starting at just at $50.00. Click here to order online, or call 919-401-7252.

With each adoption, you or your chosen recipient will receive a welcome packet and quarterly updates and photos of the lemur of your choice. Your adoption donation goes toward the $7,400 per year cost it takes to care for each animal at the DLC, as well as aiding our conservation efforts in Madagascar. The lemurs themselves stay here at the Center, so we do the dirty work and you don’t have to scoop the poop!

Below, see which lemur species are available for adoption and learn more about your favorites to help make your decision!


Direct Impact Gifts

Male ring-tails Rolfe and Tugger model their radio collars and fancy new donor tags!

$20 pays for one day’s worth of care, food, veterinary treatment, and enrichment for one lemur.

$140 pays for one week’s worth of care, food, veterinary treatment and enrichment for one lemur.

$350 purchases a radio collar worn by a free-ranging lemur. You can have your name on a lemur – or at least a tag on a brand-new radio collar worn by a lemur here at the Center!  The radio collars are an insurance policy that help our dedicated staff ensure that all our free-ranging lemurs are safe all the time. This is a wonderful way to honor or remember someone special in your life!

$500 pays for one week’s worth of care, food, veterinary treatment and enrichment for a family of lemurs.


Matching Gifts

Increase the impact of your donation through a matching gift!

  1. Many companies and foundations will match the value of charitable gifts made by employees and their spouses, board members, and retirees. To find out if a particular company or foundation has a matching gift program, check our matching gift database
  2. Find your company and click on its name. The link includes instructions for submitting matching gift paperwork to your company.
  3. We wish we could submit the paperwork for you, but you must submit the form through your company’s HR site. We appreciate your taking a few minutes to double your donation to the lemurs!
  4. Our tax ID is 56-0532129 (Duke University). PLEASE, it is extremely important to enter ‘Duke Lemur Center’ in any comments sections to ensure the matching gift is directed to the lemurs.

2016 Major Project Needs

$48,000 Maintenance Support Vehicle

T550 T4 Bobcat Compact Loader with combo bucket ad forks

Maintaining the natural habitat enclosures (NHE) and DLC grounds require heavy lifting and transporting of materials (gravel, concrete, downed trees) over the DLC’s 70 acres. Over the past 5 years this type of work has significantly increased due to a more aggressive preventative maintenance schedule and additional NHEs being brought on line. Older equipment, not truly designed for this type of wear and tear, has been damaged creating costly repairs. This piece of equipment will greatly improve the DLC’s ability to maintain all areas safely and efficiently.

$21,000 New Technician Vehicles (2)

The DLC’s fleet of all-terrain vehicles, used to deliver food and conduct maintenance and research in the NHEs, is rapidly aging (most are 12 years and older) and require more and more maintenance. Two (2) new four-wheel-drive vehicles are needed to provide technicians with safe and reliable transportation in order to care for the collection.

$7,000 Two Headed Microscope

This would help immensely with teaching and training in veterinary diagnostics (urine analysis, fecal analysis, blood and cytology, vaginal swabs, etc). As we get interns, new technicians and volunteers, being able to teach and show simultaneously is a huge help. Without two people looking at once, it is much more difficult to explain what and where you are observing something.

$20,000 Safety Cage Enclosures

Safety cage enclosures provide our free-ranging population with heated locations in the forest for cold or severe weather. Lemur technicians use the enclosures to, train the lemurs, separate animal groups for feeding, and administer specialized care or medications. The cages will be covered and provide protective, heated space in the forest.

$300,000 Research Wing (Phase I) & $250,000 Research Wing (Phase II)

The Duke Lemur Center is recognized around the world for ground-breaking research, and we are in need of a modern, dedicated research space for scientists. The Phase I space would easily accommodate a variety of projects, disciplines and needs of the scientific community and our research partners. The Phase II addition would be used to conduct research projects, supply materials and equipment for research props (caging, mounts, beams, cameras, electronic equipment, etc.) and climate-controlled storage for those materials.

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 $2.8 million New Winter Housing Wing

Lemurs don’t like the cold. Our current facilities can house around 20 individuals per wing, and if the Lemur Center is to grow, we must keep the lemurs warm. Like the current facilities, the new animal care wing would provide indoor/outdoor housing and open another natural habitat enclosure for free-ranging lemurs.

$7.5 million Animal Hospital

The Lemur Center’s veterinary team is unmatched in its knowledge of lemur medicine. The best veterinary care team for lemurs also need state-of-the-art facilities. Modern diagnostic equipment, surgery and treatment facilities, and non-invasive veterinary research space will ensure that the lemurs live long and with an exceptional quality of life.



Planned Giving

As you consider ways of giving, you may wish to make a planned gift that will honor your wish to support the Duke Lemur Center and provide you with important benefits.  Planned giving can provide critical support either for a specific area or need or unrestricted to support the Center as a whole. Planned giving can be as simple as including the Duke Lemur Center in your will or as a beneficiary of your IRA.  There are also life income gifts that can support the Lemur Center while providing a payment to you for life. If you are interested in giving a planned gift that will benefit the Duke Lemur Center, please contact Anne Morrison Bradley at 919-613-5224 or visit our gift planning website. Click here to learn how you can help secure the future of the Duke Lemur Center by starting an endowment for the DLC.

Click here to meet one of the Lemur Center’s generous supporters, Jeannette Rinehart, who established two life income gifts—a charitable gift annuity and a charitable remainder trust—to fulfill some of her personal and financial needs and to ultimately provide unrestricted support for the Duke Lemur Center.

Corporate Support

If your corporation is interested in supporting the Duke Lemur Center, please contact Susan Fitzgerald at 919-401-7252.

 Lemur Enrichment Drive

Lemurs need to stay happy, healthy, and busy just like you! In addition to our daily caretaking tasks, enrichment provides mental stimulation and physical activity for the lemurs!

Click for a printable flyer for organizing your own enrichment drive to benefit the DLC’s lemurs. This is a great way for children and community groups to become involved in philanthropic giving!










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