Major Projects

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.



If you have an interest in these significant investments in the Duke Lemur Center, we welcome the chance to speak with you! Please contact Mary Paisley, the DLC’s development officer, at (919) 401-7252 or Thanks so much for your consideration!






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