Thanks for your interest in visiting the DLC. We’re excited to meet you! Our Visitor Information Guide (below) is the best resource for planning your trip! That said, no resource is exhaustive; so if you have any questions that aren’t addressed in the information below, please call us at (919) 401-7240. We’ll be happy to help!
Please note that all tours are by reservation only, although the gift shop is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. ’til 4:00 p.m. You must have a tour reservation to see the animals. Tours often book at least 2 weeks in advance, so make your reservations early as we can’t often accommodate walk-in visitors. It never hurts to ask us, though! Please call (919) 401-7240 to check last-minute availability.
To contact the Education Department to schedule a tour, please visit our tours homepage.
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, however, as they always have access to indoor heated areas of their enclosures as well. If there is not good viewing outside, then we will bring you into two indoor viewing areas.
On cold or rainy days, some of our lemurs will choose to stay cozy in their indoor enclosures. While this is healthiest and best for the individual lemur, it does make it more difficult sometimes to see them on general tours! As we are first and foremost an educational, not entertainment, facility we will never “force” our lemurs to come out into public view. Our guides will do their best to show you as many species as possible and will share information about each lemur even if he or she isn’t visible on the tour path that day. We strive to provide a fabulous and educational experience for all visitors within the constraints of working with live animals.
Wheelchairs, canes, and walkers
The DLC's paved tour path and gift shop are ADA accessible. Tours using this path include Lemurs Live, private Lemurs Live, Little Lemurs, Painting with Lemurs, and Behind the Scenes. You are welcome to bring wheelchairs, canes, and/or walkers for these tours, although the presence of any novel object, especially wheelchairs, may affect lemur behavior and result in lemurs choosing not to cooperate as nicely on tours. This applies especially to Behind the Scenes and Painting with Lemurs tours.
Above, guests wander the summer tour path during an open house. The summer path is gently sloped, with brick pavers.
The DLC has a wheelchair on-site for those who need it. Please request this item if needed when booking your tour.
We welcome service dogs on Lemurs Live, Private Lemurs Live, and Little Lemurs tours, which are along the paved tour path described above. Please note, though, that while most of the tour path is open to them, the service dogs themselves will not be able to enter the animal housing areas visited on these tours. These areas include the Nocturnal Building (summer and winter tour path) and a section of the Miaro building (winter tour path only). This is because of the risk of disease transmission and is important for the safety of the dogs and the DLC’s lemurs.
Guests with medical restrictions or special needs, such as the need to be accompanied by a Service Dog on a tour, must let the staff at Lemur Landing know when making the reservation. Please be aware that, like all novel objects, the presence of a Service Dog may affect lemur behavior. If you have questions, please call us at (919) 401-7240 - we'll be happy to help!
According to the Americans with Disabilities Act, a Service Animal is “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability.” Therapy dogs, emotional support dogs and companion dogs are not Service Animals as defined by the ADA. Because the DLC houses endangered primates, we cannot allow pets onsite.
If you have allergies, please be aware that the DLC keeps peanuts, peanut butter, and tree nuts onsite for lemur food and training rewards. If you are allergic to nuts, please tell the staff at Lemur Landing when booking your tour. Some tour types, such as Behind the Scenes and Keeper for a Day, are more conducive to coming into contact with nuts than other tour types are.
For the safety of our lemurs and because the Duke Lemur Center has no pet accommodations such as dog-walking areas, we cannot allow pet animals anywhere on the DLC grounds – even inside your vehicle. For our lemurs’ health and safety and for your pet’s, please leave your pup at home.
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