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You must make a reservation for a regularly scheduled tour to visit the Duke Lemur Center.

Call (919) 401-7240 to make your reservation today! You must schedule a tour in order to visit, i.e., we do not allow self-guided visits. You must be with a tour guide at all times. All tours are by appointment only. Tours are conducted seven days a week.  Tours are paid for the day of by cash, check or any major credit card. We look forward to hosting your visit. Tours tend to book up 2-3 weeks in advance for weekdays and 4-5 weekends during the spring and summer months. If you leave a voice message, please give our staff up to 72 hours to return your call.

 

*Gift certificates available for all experiences – 919-401-7240 or stop by the lemur landing visitor center seven days a week 9-4:30.

* Please note: As of January 1, 2014 all tours are subject to the NC State Entertainment tax at 7.5%).  This tax is not included in the price of the tour.

Lemurs Live!

george2An ideal tour for families and friends, learn about the similarities and differences between lemur species and what makes lemurs some of the most fascinating animals in the world. Visitors will typically observe about 10 different species of lemurs. Bring your camera, as you will be amazed by these wonderful creatures!  The Lemurs Live! tour is a guided experience. The content of the tour is designed for ages 7 and up, however all ages are welcome to participate and our guides make every effort to help everyone enjoy their lemur experience. If you would like to schedule a large group, please inform our associate of the age range of the group and we will strive to tailor the tour to meet your needs.

Duration:appx. 60-90 Minutes
Offered: All year
Fee Structure:
Adults – $12
Children (3-12), Seniors (65+), Military w/ ID and College and University students w/ ID – $9
Duke Employee w/ID – $10
Duke Alumni w/ ID card – $9 ($9 rate also extended to one guest)
Children – (2 and under) FREE
Group Rate (10+ participants) – $8 (chaperons count as participants with school groups)
Tour times: September-May: 10:30, 1:00 and 2:30 June-August: 9:30,11:00,1:00 and 2:30, and Fridays ONLY– 6:30 PM Twilight Tours
Maximum group size 45 (May-August); 30 (September-April)

Lemurs Live Twilight Tours (FULLY BOOKED for 2016)

This summer come join us for twilight tours at the Duke Lemur Center.  During the hot summer months our lemurs take it easy during the heat of the day, but with the arrival of cooler evening temperatures, they become much livelier, with activity levels peaking as the sun begins to set.  Join us on our guided Lemurs Live! tour as we enjoy this awesome lively lemur time of day, and enjoy the spectacle of our prosimian friends foraging for food, engaging in intense play sessions, performing their evening vocalizations and, finally, start to hunker down for the night.  This tour will also include a special viewing of some of our Aye-ayes housed outside for the summer months!  Unless you have plans to visit Madagascar anytime soon, this is the only opportunity in the world to see aye-ayes active under natural light conditions.   Spaces are limited and reservations are required. 6:30pm

Information for Groups: For all group tours of 10 or more participants, the Duke Lemur Center will hold a deposit of 50% of the total cost for the tour. A group representative must provide credit card information to hold the spaces for the tour. You must call to make any changes to your reservation at least 48 hours in advance of your tour. Group that cancel with less than 48 hours until their tour will be charged the 50% deposit. Groups that arrive with fewer participants for the tour without having notified the Duke Lemur Center 48 hours in advance will be charged the full amount of spaces booked.

Group Leaders/Teachers: Your group can help the lemurs! We’re always looking for fun toys for the lemurs. If your group is interested in donating enrichment items to the lemurs, see the Enrichment Drive Wishlist for acceptable items. Please let the associate know you plan to donate when you schedule your tour.

 

Walking with Lemurs

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Enter the world of the lemur as your guide escorts you where there are no barriers between you and the animals. Be sure to bring your camera as this experience offers views of the animals unlike any other.

Duration: 60 Minutes
Offered: May 1 -Oct 26th (cold weather dependent)
Fees: $95.00 per participant
Age Requirement: 10 years and older
Maximum group size: Eight Participants
Tour Time: 10:30
Additional Requirements: Signed waiver required, closed-toe shoes required

All participants and/or guardians of minors participating in the Walking with Lemurs tour and Keeper for a Day experience are required to complete a Release and Waiver agreement prior to the experience.  Please review, sign and bring the waiver with you on the date of your scheduled experience, or take the time to familiarize yourself with it prior to the tour and fill it out upon check in.  All participants are to encouraged to arrive at the Center 15 minutes prior to your tour time. Individuals cannot participate without a signed waiver.

All participants are required to wear closed-toe shoes on this tour.

Individuals below the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parents or guardian.

Walking with Lemurs release and waiver click here.

Tour Deposit: The Duke Lemur Center will hold a deposit of 50% of the total cost for the tour. A group representative must provide credit card information to hold the spaces for the tour. You must call to make any changes to your reservation at least 48 hours in advance of your tour. Group that cancel with less than 48 hours until their tour or no-show will be charged the 50% deposit. Groups that arrive with fewer participants for the tour without having notified the Duke Lemur Center 48 hours in advance will be charged the full amount of spaces booked

Lemur keeper for a day

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a Lemur Keeper? Well, find out! Join one of our amazing lemur caretakers for a day and experience the life of a keeper first-hand. You will be involved in all aspects of the daily husbandry of our endangered prosimian primates here at the DLC. Help us prepare diets, clean, feed, enrich, and whatever else happens that day (lemurs ALWAYS keep you on your toes)! You will have a behind the scenes experience that only staff members ever do. So put on your cleaning boots, grab a hose AND your camera, and romp through the forest for a day with the lemurs! This will be an experience you will never forget

Fee: $350 per participant
Duration: 12:00pm-4:00pm
Offered: All year
Age Requirement: 13 years and older
This experience is by appointment ONLY! Please call 919.401.7240 to schedule your day with the lemurs!
Tour time: 12-4
Additional Requirements: Signed waiver required, closed-toe shoes required

All participants and/or guardians of minors participating in the Keeper for a Day experience are required to complete a Release and Waiver agreement prior to the experience.  Please review, sign and bring the waiver with you on the date of your scheduled experience, or take the time to familiarize yourself with it prior to the tour and fill it out upon check in.  All participants are to encouraged to arrive at the Center 15 minutes prior to your tour time. Individuals cannot participate without a signed waiver.

Keeper for a Day release and waiver click here.

Tour Deposit: The Duke Lemur Center will hold a deposit of 50% of the total cost for the tour. A group representative must provide credit card information to hold the spaces for the tour. You must call to make any changes to your reservation at least 48 hours in advance of your tour. Group that cancel with less than 48 hours until their tour or no-show will be charged the 50% deposit. Groups that arrive with fewer participants for the tour without having notified the Duke Lemur Center 48 hours in advance will be charged the full amount of spaces booked

Painting with Lemurs

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Lemur Van Gogh? No, but close. We here at the DLC consider it abstract art! Experience the Lemur Center through a different medium. Join us on this exclusive tour and learn more about the Duke Lemur Center’s behavioral enrichment program. This tour will not only take you behind the scenes into one of our new lemur housing areas, but also highlight some of the activities the staff here at the Center can do to improve the daily lives of our lemurs. Painting is an activity the lemurs enjoy, and something different added to their normal routine. Participants on this tour will get to choose up to three different colors of paint (all non-toxic, water based tempura) and observe the lemurs making their masterpiece first hand! The best part of the whole experience is that you get to bring the canvas home with you!

Duration: 60 minutes
Offered: year-round (afternoons @ 1:30)
Fee: $95 per person
Age Requirement: 10 and above, closed-toe shoes required
Maximum Participants: 4
Tour time: 1:30 every day with the exception of TUESDAY.

Tour Deposit: The Duke Lemur Center will hold a deposit of 50% of the total cost for the tour. A group representative must provide credit card information to hold the spaces for the tour. You must call to make any changes to your reservation at least 48 hours in advance of your tour. Group that cancel with less than 48 hours until their tour or no-show will be charged the 50% deposit. Groups that arrive with fewer participants for the tour without having notified the Duke Lemur Center 48 hours in advance will be charged the full amount of spaces booked

A Photographer’s Dream

View the Duke Lemur Center through the eyes (or lens) of our resident staff photographer, David Haring. Enjoy a morning traveling through our natural habitat enclosures photographing multiple species of lemurs with David and five other fellow photographers. This leisurely paced experienced is geared towards photographers who are interested capturing the lemurs exhibit natural behaviors such as foraging, climbing, resting, and grooming. You will have the time to set up the perfect shot and enjoy the company of fellow photographers of all experience levels. Spaces are very limited so call 919-401-7240 soon!

Price: $150/person (6 person maximum)

2016 Date: October 7th

Behind the Scenes

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Would you like a close up view of the lemurs and to experience the Center as only staff members do? Then join us on an exclusive tour of our updated facility and learn how the Center functions on a daily basis. During your tour you will assist in handing out enrichment for the lemurs and watch them enjoy it during your tour! This is a perfect tour for the cooler weather.

 

Duration: 60 minutes
Offered: Oct 27th-April 30th
Fees: $95 per participant
Age Requirement: 10 years and older
Maximum Group Size: Eight participants
Tour time: 10:30
Age Restrictions: 10 and above, closed-toe shoes required

 Tour Deposit: The Duke Lemur Center will hold a deposit of 50% of the total cost for the tour. A group representative must provide credit card information to hold the spaces for the tour. You must call to make any changes to your reservation at least 48 hours in advance of your tour. Group that cancel with less than 48 hours until their tour or no-show will be charged the 50% deposit. Groups that arrive with fewer participants for the tour without having notified the Duke Lemur Center 48 hours in advance will be charged the full amount of spaces booked.

 

 

 

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