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Thank you for your interest in touring the Duke Lemur Center!

All tour revenue and merchandise purchases fund the Education Department and help pay for lemur care, housing, veterinary supplies, and conservation initiatives. –So you can feel good about the tours you join and the products you buy!

Please note that you must have a reservation to visit the DLC. Instructions for making your reservation are listed under each tour type. Please take a few minutes to review your options and determine the best tour experience for your group before making your reservation.

Gift certificates are available for all of our tours. To purchase, please call (919) 401-7240 or stop by the Lemur Landing Visitor Center seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. ’til 4:30 p.m.

We also stock an array of unique and highly giftable merchandise, perfect for lemur lovers young and old! Products range from cuddly lemur stuffies (including a sifaka made exclusively for us!) to apparel, paintings by lemurs, and native Malagasy products. Please stop by the Lemur Landing Visitor Center seven days a week from 9:00 a.m. ’til 4:30 p.m.

The Duke Lemur Center is located at 3705 Erwin Road in Durham, NC. Directions are available here. See our FAQ for answers to commonly-asked questions.

General tour options include:

Lemurs Live! (both public and private options)
Little Lemurs
Classroom field trips

Premium tour options include:

Walking with Lemurs
Behind the Scenes (newly improved as of 12/1/2016!)
Painting with Lemurs
Lemur Keeper for A Day
Photographer’s Dream

Details for each tour are below. We look forward to hosting you!

Tour Option #1: Lemurs Live! (Public)

The outdoor tour path; playful, charismatic sifakas like Conrad are easily visible to guests

From left: the outdoor tour path; playful, charismatic sifakas are easily visible to guests; visitors are captivated by ruffed lemurs Herschel and Naissance in their “silo” on the summer path

Description: 

This general tour is perfect for a wide audience! Whether you’re a longtime supporter of the DLC who’s bringing new friends and family along, or if you’re just learning about lemurs for the first time, our knowledgeable and engaging guides will provide the best possible educational experience. This general tour introduces visitors to an average of about 10 species of the amazing prosimians living at the Center.

Do you have lemur lovers under the age of 8 in your party? If so, please consider reserving space on a Little Lemurs tour (information below).

Timing:

This tour lasts approx. 75 minutes and is offered year-round every day of the week except Tuesdays. Tour times can vary depending on season, but morning and afternoon options are provided each day.

Admission:

Adults (ages 12 and up) – $12 per person plus tax
Children (3-12), Seniors (65+), Military w/ ID, and college students w/ ID – $9 plus tax
Duke Employee w/ ID – $10 plus tax
Duke Alumni w/ ID card – $9 plus tax ($9 rate also extended to one guest)
Young Children (ages 2 and under) – FREE
Group Rate (10+ participants) – $8 plus tax (chaperons count as participants with school groups)

How to Schedule:

These tours tend to fill up several weeks in advance, so please call (919) 401-7240 to book your Lemurs Live tour today!

Tour Option #2: Little Lemurs

Description: 

** New Offering ** Coming January 2017 **

This experience is specially designed for the little lemur lovers in your life and is highly recommended for groups with children under the age of 8. This tour follows the same path as the general Lemurs Live tour, but the material and pacing are catered to a younger audience. Our experienced guides will focus on providing the best possible experience for younger primates on this tour.

Please note that this experience is specifically designed for younger children, and that our guides will focus primarily on them and their questions and interests.

Timing: 

This tour lasts approx. 50 minutes and is offered Thursdays through Sundays at 10:00 a.m.

Admission: 

All guests ages 3 and up – $9 per person plus tax
Young Children (ages 2 and under) – FREE

How to Schedule: 

This tour is coming soon in January 2017. Stay tuned for more details!

Tour Option #3: Class Field Trip

Field trips to the DLC are fun, educational, and unforgettable!

Field trips to the DLC are fun, educational, and unforgettable!

Description: 

Break the mold on your next classroom field trip with a visit to the DLC! Each field trip is guided, ensuring an engaging and educational visit for students of all ages. Our talented tour guides are skilled at adapting educational material to any age group. Let us share 50 years of our knowledge of research and conservation with your class – we guarantee even the teachers will learn a few things!

Timing: 

Flexible; please call for details.

Cost: 

All guests (ages 3 and up, minimum 10 participants) – $8 per person plus tax

How to Schedule: 

Before scheduling your trip, please note that groups larger than 15 individuals will be split into a second tour group due to space constraints on the tour. If you have more than 30 individuals, you’ll likely need to consider scheduling multiple dates/times. To book your trip, please email primate@duke.edu with “Field Trip” written in the subject line. To ensure the smoothest possible scheduling process, be sure to include details about your group (number of adults and children, age ranges, any special requests, etc.) as well as a few possible dates and times.

Enrichment Drive Wishlist:

Your group can help the lemurs! We’re always looking for fun toys and treats for our lemurs. If your group is interested in donating enrichment items to the DLC’s playful prosimians, please see our wishlist for acceptable items. Please let the associate know you plan to donate when you schedule your tour.

Tour Option #4: Lemurs Live! (Private)

Description: 

Get a personable and knowledgeable DLC tour guide all to yourself with a private Lemurs Live tour! While this tour follows the same path as the general offering, your personal guide can cater to the specific interests of your group. Whether you’d like a private experience for two or a unique bonding activity for a group of friends, family, or co-workers, this tour is perfect for those seeking a more personalized visit.

Timing: 

This tour lasts approx. 90 minutes and is available every day of the week. Please note that reservations are required, and that we may not be able to accommodate private tour requests made fewer than 4 weeks in advance (though we promise to try!).

Cost: 

Total cost is $125 plus tax for each group (maximum 18 people per group)

How to Schedule:

To schedule your private Lemurs Live experience, please email primate@duke.edu with “Private Lemurs Live” written in the subject line. To ensure the smoothest possible scheduling process, please include details about your group (number of adults and children, age ranges, special requests, etc.) as well as a few possible dates and times.

Tour Option #5: Walking with Lemurs

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Ring-tails and sifakas in their natural habitat enclosures

Description: 

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk in the wilds of Madagascar, watching in awe as lemurs leap through the trees around you? No need to travel halfway around the world – the DLC’s Walking with Lemurs tour is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have that unforgettable experience right here in the forests of Duke University! Guests are guided through one of our 9 naturally forested habitats just as the animals’ keepers set out to feed them in the morning, ensuring the appearance of leaping lemurs eager to eat their breakfasts. Though there will not be a barrier between you and the lemurs, the lemurs will not directly interact with any guests. We encourage natural behaviors from our lemurs, ensuring a safe and unique experience of what it would be like to wander the forests of Madagascar.

Please note that this is a seasonal tour offering based on warm weather forecasts, and can only be consistently offered from May 1 through October 15. If you’re interested in an off-season date for this tour, we’ll place you on a waitlist and notify you 24-48 hours before the tour if the weather forecast allows for a Walking with Lemurs tour type.

Because you’ll be walking in a forested area, closed-toed shoes are required and long pants are recommended.

Timing:

This tour lasts approx. 90 minutes and is offered seasonally (see above) at 10:30 a.m. every day of the week.

Admission: 

$95 per person

Age Restrictions: 

Participants must be at least 10 years old. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

How to Schedule: 

Because of the popularity and seasonal limitations of this tour, it tends to fill up several weeks in advance. Please call (919) 401-7240 to make your Walking with Lemurs reservation.

Tour Option #6: Behind the Scenes

From left: observing a training session and leaf distribution; two curious ring-tails watch their keepers from outside the AtyAla building hallway

From left: observing leaf distribution and a training session; two curious ring-tails watch their keepers from outside the AtyAla hallway. On the Behind the Scenes tour, guests are permitted inside the buildings’ hallways that are typically off-limits to visitors 

** Newly improved as of 12/1/2016! **

Description:

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on “behind the curtains” of a world-renowned primate research, education, and conservation center, the DLC’s Behind the Scenes experience is the tour for you! Guests spend the majority of their tour in areas that are typically off-limits to visitors, seeing the DLC through the eyes of its dedicated staff. Participants also observe integral parts of the daily routine of working with the Center’s amazing animals, such as training sessions and afternoon feedings.

This tour is a private booking for groups of 1-4 people over the age of 10. Each group will have its own guide, ensuring an experience catered to your group’s particular interests. Closed-toed shoes are required.

Timing: 

This tour is offered daily at 1:00 p.m. and lasts approx. 90 minutes.

Cost: 

This private tour has a flat fee of $320 plus tax. Your group can include up to 4 participants for this price.

Age Restrictions: 

Participants must be at least 10 years old. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

How to schedule: 

To make your reservation for this unforgettable experience, please email primate@duke.edu with “Behind the Scenes” written in the subject line. To ensure the smoothest possible scheduling process, be sure to include details about your group (number of adults and children, age ranges, any special requests, etc.) as well as a few possible dates and times.

Tour Option #7: Painting with Lemurs

From left: Ruff lemur Magellan paints a masterpiece; a finished piece by ring-tails Randy and Sophia; a finished piece by ruffed lemurs Halley and Ravo and their twins, Cosmo and Astro

From left: ruffed lemur Magellan paints a masterpiece; a finished painting by ring-tails Randy and Sophia; a finished piece by ruffed lemurs Halley and Ravo and their twins, Cosmo and Astro

Description:

Lemurs love to paint, especially when we toss tasty treats like cranberries on their canvases! You’ll be amazed by the artistic renderings of our ring-tailed Picassos and ruffed Van Goghs as they walk through paint and onto canvas in search of raisin and berry rewards. Participants on this tour are invited to choose up to 3 different colors of paint (all non-toxic, water based tempura) and watch the lemurs as they make their masterpiece. The best part is, you get to take the canvas home with you!

Please note that this tour does not involve any direct contact with the lemurs, and that guests observe the painting session from outside the enclosure. (Don’t worry, you’ll still have a fabulous view!) Fashion, beauty, lifestyle, and travel writer Lara of Pretty Connected booked a Painting with Lemurs tour this fall and wrote about the experience. Check out her post to see what it’s like, and feast your eyes on those gorgeous paintings courtesy of ruffed lemurs Ravo, Halley, and their twins Cosmo and Astro!

This tour is a private booking for groups of 1-4 people over the age of 10. Each group will have its own guide, ensuring an experience catered to your group’s particular interests. Closed-toed shoes are required.

Timing: 

This tour is offered daily at 1:30 p.m. and lasts approx. 60 minutes. While you’ll see a few species of lemurs, most of your time will be spent watching – and laughing at the antics of! – the special lemur troop chosen by your guide to paint your masterpiece!

Cost: 

This private tour has a flat fee of $260 plus tax. Your group can include up to 4 participants for this price.

Age Restrictions: 

Participants must be at least 10 years old. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

How to schedule: 

To make your reservation for this unforgettable experience, please email primate@duke.edu with “Painting” written in the subject line. To ensure the smoothest possible scheduling process, be sure to include details about your group (number of adults and children, age ranges, any special requests, etc.) as well as a few possible dates and times.

Tour Option #8: Lemur Keeper for A Day

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Preparing and distributing enrichment and browse

Description:

The name says it all! Guests can experience a (half-) day in the life of one of our world-renowned lemur keepers in this unique program. Our staff have been learning the best ways to care for these unique and endangered primates for 50 years, and we can’t wait to share that knowledge with you! Participants will have the opportunity to participate in and observe all of the daily aspects of lemur care, including feeding, enrichment, and training. This experience immerses you in the role of lemur keeper for 4 hours, so expect to work hard and get dirty! Closed-toed shoes are required.

Timing: 

This tour is offered every day at 12 o’clock noon. It runs ’til 4:00 p.m.

Cost: 

1 person – $350 plus tax
2 people – $625 plus tax
3 people – $975 plus tax
4 people – $1250 plus tax

Age Restrictions: 

Participants must be at least 13 years old. Those under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

How to Schedule: 

This tour is an exclusive private booking for groups of 1-4 people over the age of 13. Each group of 2 will have their own guide, ensuring an experience catered to their particular interests. For groups of 3 or 4, guides will accompany the group for the entire experience, and you may be asked to split into 2 groups for certain activities. To make your reservation for this incredible experience, please email primate@duke.edu with “Keeper for A Day” written in the subject line. To ensure the smoothest possible scheduling process, be sure to include details about your group (number of adults and children, age ranges, any special requests, etc.) as well as a few possible dates and times.

Tour Option #9: A Photographer’s Dream

** 2017 dates TBA **

Description: 

See 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 5 fellow photographers. This leisurely paced experience is geared toward photographers who’re interested capturing the lemurs exhibiting 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.

This highly exclusive tour is offered only twice annually, once in early summer and once in late summer. Because you’ll be walking in a forested area, closed-toed shoes are required and long pants are recommended.

Timing: 

This tour begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends around 12 o’clock noon. Dates will be announced in early 2017.

Cost: 

$150 per person plus tax. Maximum of 6 participants.

Age Restrictions:

Ages 10 and above. All individuals below the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Additional Details 

Release and Waiver:

All participants and/or guardians of minors participating in specialty tours and 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.

Tour Deposits:

The Duke Lemur Center will hold a deposit of 50% of the total cost for each premium tour or group 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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