Ways to Give


I want to make a secure, tax-deductible gift online now.

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. Secured online giving can be made through our website or checks can be 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 Janice Kalin at 919-401-7252.

Adopt a Lemur

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

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


Direct Impact Gifts

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

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

NZeff$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 insure that all our free-ranging lemurs are safe all the time.  This is a great idea to honor or remember a special person in your life.

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


  1. _ lc7176 7177 6863_DSC9733Many 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
  1. Find your company and click on its name. The link includes instructions for submitting matching gift paperwork to your company.
  2. We wish we could submit the paperwork for you, but you must submit the form through your company ’s HR site. We appreciate you taking a few minutes to double your donation to the lemurs!
  3. 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

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Maintaining the natural habitat enclosures (NHE) abd 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.

$6,000Vital Signs Monitor

Cardell 9500 monitor, preowned certified or Leading Edge Sentinel-V 3020

Vital signs monitors are used to monitor a variety of parameters during anesthesia including respiratory and heart rate, electrocardiogram (ECG), blood pressure, oxygen saturation of the blood, and body temperature. We presently use 3 different monitors to evaluate these parameters. All are donated or surplus items and only one was designed for use in small patients meaning that it is often difficult to obtain readings or readings are of questionable validity. Having a single state of the art monitor will make anesthesia safer for the animals an allow the vets to detect problems earlier.

$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

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 click here. or contact Anne Morrison Bradley at 919-613-5224. Click here to learn how you can help secure the future of the Duke Lemur Center by starting an endowment for the DLC.

Corporate Support

If your corporation is interested in supporting the Duke Lemur Center please contact Janice Kalin at 919-401-7252.

Lemur Enrichment Wish List

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

Enrichment Drive

Click here for printable enrichment drive form.  This is  a great way for children and community groups to become involved in philanthropic giving!













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