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Welcome to our gala page! We celebrated World Lemur Day on October 30, 2020 with a virtual gala and the premiere of Me and You and Zoboomafoo, which you’re welcome to watch below! We also invite you to  support us with a tax-deductible donation: simply click here to GIVE NOW.

To learn more about Me and You and Zoboomafoo and for an overview of content, please visit our video homepage.

Your support makes a world of impact

The current closure of the Duke Lemur Center to visitors has disrupted our normal operations and revenues. The DLC is projecting a deficit of more than $800,000 due to suspended tours, merchandise sales, and on-site events. EVERY GIFT HELPS more than ever this year!

With more than 200 animals across 15 species, the Duke Lemur Center houses the most diverse population of lemurs on Earth, outside their native Madagascar. Lemurs are the most endangered group of mammals in the world, and the DLC’s colony is critical for providing a genetic safety net to ensure a future for these rare primates.

How your donations will help: Funds raised through this event’s special donations and auction purchases will help the Duke Lemur Center provide high-quality food and bedding for our lemurs; enrichment items; cleaning supplies and equipment; and onsite veterinary care, medicines, testing supplies, and essential veterinary equipment.

Learn more: To learn more about the DLC’s mission and its “return on investment,” please browse our online stewardship report. A heartfelt THANK YOU for your support — we couldn’t do this work without you!

Program overview

What is it? Me and You and Zoboomafoo is a feature-length video adventure premiering on on October 30, 2020 and  co-hosted by Duke alumnus Martin Kratt, co-creator of Zoboomafoo and Wild Kratts! Martin will share stories of how his experience at the Lemur Center took him from being a Duke undergrad to an Emmy Award winner who’s introduced generations of children to lemurs and wildlife conservation. Of course, we’ll feature LOTS of behind-the-scenes footage of the DLC’s lemurs, too, and even some retro Zoboomafoo! The video will be partnered with an online auction and other donation options to raise funds for lemur care at the DLC. Simply register below and we’ll send you details!

Help spread the lemur love: Be a part of this extra-special celebration and join us for the Me and You and Zoboomafoo video premiere! We’d love to have participation from our closest friends and fans, as well as new friends all over the world, so please share this webpage and our gala-related posts on social media with your friends and family so no one misses the fun!

This is a virtual option for our traditional gala: While we would love to host our friends and supporters onsite for our traditional fall gala event, it’s not possible this year due to COVID-19. Because this year’s gala is 100% online, you need only a computer or mobile device and access to the internet—no travel necessary. We will miss welcoming you to Durham, but we are excited to be able to engage lemur lovers from all around the world!

Watch any time after 8:00 p.m. on 10/30: In a different time zone or unable tune in for the premiere? No problem! Using the passcode we send you, you’ll be able to watch any time after the video’s premiere. You will be able to access the video at any time on October 31, for example.

Questions? Check out our virtual gala FAQ.

Gala schedule

Friday, Oct. 2nd—Registration opens

Monday, Oct. 26 at 10:00 a.m. EST—Auction bidding opens. View the online auction to bid on your favorites!

Friday, Oct. 30 (World Lemur Day)—Gala program premieres at 8:00 p.m. EST. 

Sunday, Nov. 1 at 10:00 p.m. EST—Auction bidding closes

Week of Nov. 2-6—DLC will contact winning bidders for payment and to arrange shipment of auction items

Virtual swag bag

This promotion has ended. Any donation through the gala giving page of $50 or more by November 4, 2020 received a virtual swag bag! Among other fun perks and activities, the swag bag includes a digital Adopt a Lemur package for a Coquerel’s sifaka, the same species as Zoboomafoo—a $50 value! Qualifying donors will receive a link to the password protected-page with the virtual swag bag items on Monday, October 26.

Online auction

The auction has ended. Thanks to everyone who donated wonderful auction items, and to everyone who bid on packages. Congratulations to the winners!

Our online auction is open for bidding!

You can register as a bidder by following these instructions:

Register by computer: Visit the auction site, click “Sign In” in the upper right corner of the page, and create an account.

Register by mobile phone: Text “DukeLemurCenter” to 243725, then follow the prompts from the texts received. Once registered, you will be redirected to the event page.

How to bid: When you bid using BidPal by OneCause, you will receive notifications when you are outbid. You can even set bidding caps in advance – all from your phone!  If you are unable to join us online to watch the Me and You and Zoboomafoo video premiere, you can still bid anywhere from your mobile phone! Note that upon winning, additional charges for shipping items may be assessed.

Donate auction items: There is still time to contribute to the online auction and to the success of this fundraising event! In addition to recognition on the website and in the auction, your contribution is tax-deductible, as allowed by law. Click here to register an in-kind donation!

Support us

Please help the Duke Lemur Center with a gala donation! Your gift through the gala means more than ever this year. Check out our awesome donation packages and gala giving options! You may make a donation at any time by mail, phone, or online. Our mailing address is: Duke Lemur Center, 3705 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27705.

Be a Duke Lemur Center sponsor! As a sponsor, your company logo or name will be featured on the homepage of our donation and auction website. A huge THANK YOU to our 2020 sponsors so far!

2020 SPONSORS to-date:

Platinum ($5,000+)


Gold ($2,500-$4,999)


Silver ($1,000-$2,499)

Ann Clark Cookie Cutters  



Dr. Michael R. Yochelson and Kevin Clift | Dorothy and Mary Crowell | Susie Temple and Rob Feagin | Dr. Michele Ann Rasmussen | Maureen and Michael Rhodes


Bronze ($500-$999)

Jane A. Barthelme | Jeff and Charlotte Clark | Shannon’s Tree Service | Drs. Geoffrey and Nancy Yuen



Questions? Contact Mary Paisley at

Thank you for your support of the Duke Lemur Center’s 2020 virtual gala!