For directions to the Duke Lemur Center please click here.
All tours are by appointment only, although the gift shop is open to the public during operation hours. You must be on a guided tour in order to see the animals. There are no self-guided experiences. Tours often book at least 2 weeks in advance, and we cannot often accommodate walk-in visitors.
Most tours have an outdoor component. Please dress accordingly for weather.
Rainy days – Tours will go out rain or shine provided there is no lightning or thunder in the immediate area. Umbrellas are welcome. If you would like to reschedule your visit due to weather, please call 919-401-7240. Group and specialty tours must reschedule 48 hours hours prior to the tour date or they will forfeit their deposit.
Hot days– There are shaded areas on the tour path and we avoid standing in the direct sun for long periods of time. We now have benches along the tour path for resting. Water is welcome and encouraged on the tour.
Cold days– The lemurs are allowed outside access anytime the weather is 45 degrees or above. This does not guarantee that the lemurs will choose to be outside. If there is not good viewing outside we will bring you into two indoor viewing areas.
The entire tour path and gift shop are ADA accessible. Please feel free to bring wheelchairs and strollers as needed. The path is concrete allowing for easy access. We do have a wheelchair on site for those who need help. Please request this item if needed when booking your tour.
Food / Drink Policy
You are welcome to bring water on your tour. We kindly ask that you refrain from bringing other beverages or snacks on the tour.
Lemur landing gift shop does sell cold beverages for $1.00, but does not offer snacks or have a café of any sorts. There are many restaurants within five minutes of the Center to eat before or after your tour (Erwin Road, Hillsborough Rd, Hwy 15/501).
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do I need to call ahead to visit the DLC?
Yes, all tours are by appointment only. Due to the nature of our Center, all visitors must be with a guide at all times. Please call 919-401-7240 to book your tour.
What is your weather policy?
Tours will go on rain or shine with the exception of threats of lighting in the forecast. Please dress accordingly.
How long do tours last?
Tours last approximately 1 hour.
Do I get to touch a lemur on the tour?
No. For the safety of our animals and for your safety, no guests are allowed any physical contact with the animals here at the Center.
How far in advance do I need to make a reservation?
While our team will do all we can to accommodate you; we kindly request a week’s notice for tours. During the winter months we may be able to make same day accommodations. During the spring and summer months weekends fill up about a week or two in advance, so please call as far in advance as possible.
What is your cancellation policy?
We kindly request 48 hours advanced notice for cancellations.
I have a scheduled tour, but notice restricted access signs on Lemur Lane.
If you have a scheduled tour or would just like to visit the gift shop during business hours, please follow Lemur Lane past the restricted access signs until you reach our parking lot.