Lemurpalooza! 2017


Stay tuned… 2018 dates for Lemurpalooza have not yet been announced! If you’d like to be emailed as soon as our spring/summer 2018 date is set, please email Susan Fitzgerald, the DLC’s Adopt a Lemur Program Coordinator, at to be added to our contact list. This event fills up fast — it pays to be the first to know!

You can also follow us on Facebook (click the “Follow” button in the upper left, then select “See First”), where we’ll announce all Lemurpalooza news as it happens.

In the meantime, you can still support the DLC’s Adopt A Lemur program by adopting your favorite species HERE.

Thanks so much for your interest and support!

WHAT: Lemurpalooza open house and adoption event — fun for all ages!

WHEN: 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 7th, 2017. Our gift shop will be open until 7:30 p.m.

WHY: To generate adoptions through the Adopt a Lemur program, which helps cover the $7,400 per year cost it takes to care for each of the DLC’s lemurs. Lemurpalooza also offers families the opportunity to visit potential adoptees, and to ask technicians and education staff about each animal!

WHERE: Duke Lemur Center, 3705 Erwin Road in Durham, NC. Directions are available here.

HOWLemurapalooza is almost sold out! Please email Susan Fitzgerald, the DLC’s Adopt a Lemur Program Coordinator, at to check the latest availability!

Are you ready for some fall fun?! Playful prosimians. Fun, educational activities. Food trucks. Even a visit from the DLC’s very own mascot, Maky! Join us on Saturday, October 7 from 4:00 ’til 7:00 p.m. for a festive evening celebrating and supporting the amazing animals of the Duke Lemur Center. This awesome event costs only one $50 Adopt a Lemur donation per car, but reservations must be made in advance. Enjoy your evening of lemurs with the knowledge that your donation supports our animals as well as our education, research, and conservation programs.

This event sold out this spring, so don’t wait – reserve your space SOON! 

Ready to register?

LemurpaWOWZA! Due to overwhelming community support (yay!!), this fall’s Lemurpalooza is nearly SOLD OUT! Please email Susan Fitzgerald, the DLC’s Adopt a Lemur Program Coordinator, at to be added to our waiting list!

Though our event spaces are full, you can still support the DLC’s Adopt A Lemur program by adopting your favorite species HERE.

Also, note that the DLC hosts Lemurpalooza twice annually: once in June and once in late September/ early October. Follow us on Facebook (click the “Follow” button in the upper left, then select “See First”) or bookmark this page to be the first to know when the spring date is announced!

Overview and additional info

Come meet the unique primates of Madagascar! This will be a special evening experience that allows families to stroll and view the animals at their own pace, rather than our usual guided tours. Keepers, educators, researchers, and more will be on hand to talk about the adoptable lemurs and to answer your questions. Engaging educational activities will be provided for kids and kids at heart. Guests can enjoy dinner and dessert from fabulous local food trucks, or pack a picnic to enjoy. Community fun, adorable lemurs, and an opportunity to conserve the environment and endangered animals all add up to a perfect autumn evening. Scroll down for photos of last year’s fall event.

Lemurpalooza is our largest event of the year, and offers the chance to share your love of lemurs with others in a large open house-style experience. If you would like to avoid the excitement of a large event and have a guided experience in a smaller group, please consider one of the DLC’s many tour options offered through the Education Department as an alternative way to visit and support us.

Commonly asked questions

1. How does my donation help lemurs? In 2012, lemurs were named the most endangered mammals on the planet. The Duke Lemur Center has been caring for and learning from lemurs for nearly 50 years. It is the world’s largest sanctuary for these animals outside of their native Madagascar. When you adopt a lemur, you not only help cover the $7,400 per year cost it takes to care for each animal, but also support our work in the U.S., Madagascar, and around the world to study and save these endangered animals.

2. What’s included in my $50 donation? Each $50 donation includes parking and admission for one vehicle and its occupants at Lemurpalooza on October 7th, 2017 as well as the symbolic adoption of a lemur through the DLC’s Adopt A Lemur program. You’ll receive regular updates and photos on the animal of your choice, and you own’t have to scoop the poop! The animals stay at the DLC, and we do the dirty work.

3. Can I bring my kids? Absolutely!

4. I don’t have kids. Can I come anyway? Of course! Lemurpalooza is a fun, educational evening for lemur lovers young and old. Have family visiting for the weekend? Bring them! Or invite your “special friend” and make it a date night!

5. What if it rains? Pack your umbrella and pull on your wellies! 🙂 Lemurpalooza is rain or shine, provided there is no thunder or lighting in the area.

6. Will I get to touch a lemur? Nope. For the safety of our animals and for your safety, no guests are allowed any physical contact with the animals here at the Center.

7. I have more questions. Who can I call? If you have questions or would prefer to submit your reservation over the phone, please call Susan Fitzgerald at (919) 401-7226. She’ll be happy to help!

Lemurs up for adoption

Raven, our ‘movie star’ fat-tailed dwarf lemur, had her big screen moment in the IMAX documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.

Teres is our superstar ring-tailed researcher who can find food in a puzzle box faster than you can blink an eye.

Presley is a blue-eyed black lemur named after the blue-eyed ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.’

Pompeia is a regal Coquerel’s sifaka and mother to two beautiful, playful young girls. Her daughters, Francesa and Isabella, are the grandchildren of Jovian, who starred in the PBS Kids series Zoboomafoo!

Grendel is a sweet male aye-aye who lives with two fat-tailed dwarf lemurs for roommates. The Duke Lemur Center has had more success at breeding aye-ayes than any other institution in the world.

Thistle is a feisty, teacup-sized female mouse lemur. Because mouse lemurs develop Alzheimer’s-like symptoms as they age, researchers at the Duke Lemur Center hope their non-invasive mouse lemur research will help us better understand the aging brain.

Thanks for loving lemurs! We couldn’t do this without you!

Photos of Lemurpalooza 2016

Marina and Charlie with Maky at the conservation table. Charlie is the conservation coordinator at the DLC, and Marina is part of the DLC’s SAVA Conservation team based in Madagascar. She’s also a researcher! Her interests include hibernation in lemurs and the biogeography of mouse and dwarf lemurs.

The education table is very popular. And the grounds are gorgeous in the early evening!

At Lemurpalooza, there’s lots of time to visit the lemurs along the summer tour path!

Lydia, a Ph.D. student in Ecology, and her kid-friendly research table highlighting a few of the studies currently underway at the DLC (there is a LOT of research happening here, all of which is non-invasive).

Face- and arm-painting and temporary tattoos are always a hit!

Kizzy, a ruffed lemur whose enclosure is adjacent to the parking lot, sat by the fence and “greeted” guests as they arrived.

See our animals at your own pace! Experienced guides stationed along the tour path will be happy to share facts and stories and answer your questions.







Tours + Education