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General Tours

Thanks for your interest in the DLC’s general tours!


Please note that you must have a reservation to visit the DLC.
Reservations for the Lemurs Live (option #1) and Little Lemurs (option #3) tours are made by calling (919) 401-7240.
Reservations for Private Lemurs Live (option #2) and all premium tours should be made by submitting our online reservation request form.

Need help deciding? See our helpful at-a-glance comparison of tour types or visit the tour homepage for a complete menu of options.

 

TOUR OPTION #1: Lemurs Live

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From left: The outdoor tour path; playful, charismatic sifakas (pictured) and other species of lemurs 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 9 species of the amazing prosimians living at the Center.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE 2019 SUMMER SCHEDULE BELOW:

Weekdays and weekends now – May 9: This tour follows our traditional guided tour format. Each group is escorted along the tour path by a designated guide.

Friday May 10 – Sunday May 12: This is Duke’s Graduation Weekend. To see more information about our availability and to schedule your visit, please click here.

WEEKDAYS ONLY from May 13 – August 18: This tour follows our traditional guided tour format on the weekdays that we offer tours (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday). Each group is escorted along the tour path by a designated guide.

WEEKENDS ONLY (Saturdays and Sundays) from May 18 – August 18: We will be hosting all visitors on open format tours. Please click here for more information on this visiting option and to purchase tickets.

All guests must have a reservation prior to coming out to see the lemurs (see scheduling tab below).

Do you have lemur lovers under the age of 8 in your party? The Lemurs Live tour caters to a wide age range, but may not be suitable for very young or boisterous kiddos. If this applies to your party, don't worry! We've specially designed our Little Lemurs tour to cater to young, enthusiastic visitors under the age of 8. See more info below or call (919) 401-7240.

Want to visit with a scout troop or classroom? Check out our Lemur S.C.O.U.T. program! We also have great options for classroom field trips!

As on all of our tours, for your safety and for the well-being of our lemurs, there will not be any opportunities to touch the animals at any time.

Pricing *Changing May 1, 2019*

Starting May 1, we will be raising our prices for this tour and introducing a new “off-season” rate for our cold-weather tour path. Please see below for details.

May 1, 2019 – September 30, 2019

Adults (ages 13 and up) - $14 per person plus tax

Children (3-12), Seniors (65+), Military w/ ID, college students w/ ID, Duke Employee w/ ID, and Duke Alumni w/ ID - $12 per person plus tax

Young Children (ages 2 and under) – FREE

Group Rate (10+ paying participants) - $10 per person plus tax

“Off-Season” Pricing (October 1 – April 30)

Adults (ages 13 and up) - $12 per person plus tax

Children (3-12), Seniors (65+), Military w/ ID, college students w/ ID, Duke Employee w/ ID, and Duke Alumni w/ ID - $9 per person plus tax

Young Children (ages 2 and under) – FREE

Group Rate (10+ paying participants) - $8 per person plus tax

Scheduling

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.

To schedule a visit over Duke’s Graduation Weekend (May 10-12), or on ANY Saturday or Sunday May 18 – August 18: Please follow this link to the Duke Box Office page. We are very excited about this new partnership with Duke Box Office to help us make your ticket-purchasing process smoother and more efficient. Don’t worry – all of your ticket purchases still come right back to the DLC and help us fund our mission of education, conservation, and research!

For all Lemurs Live tours prior to May 10, and weekday tours year-round: Please call (919) 401-7240 to book your Lemurs Live tour today! The lemurs are rather popular, so be sure to call several weeks in advance for your best chance at snagging a spot.

Age Restrictions

None. This tour is fun for all ages! If your party includes many children under the age of 8, you might also consider a Little Lemurs tour (see below).

SEASONAL OFFERING: Lemurs Live Twilight Tour

Description + Pricing *Updated for 2019*

This summer, join the DLC for our special limited-time Lemurs Live Twilight Tours! During the steamy summer months, our lemurs take it easy during the heat of the day; but, as the sun sets and the temperatures cool, they become increasingly lively and their energy levels tend to peak.

On these guided public tours, you'll enjoy the spectacle of our prosimian friends foraging for food, performing their evening vocalizations and, finally, preparing to hunker down for the night. Our dedicated staff and volunteers love spending their evenings introducing visitors to the amazing lemurs of the DLC, so make sure you keep this in mind for your summer plans!

Like our standard Lemurs Live tour, this is a broad introduction to the DLC, its mission, and its residents. The experience is perfect for a wide audience. As on all of our tours, for your safety and for the well-being of our lemurs, there will not be any opportunities to touch the animals at any time.

Reservations are required. Please see the scheduling tab below for more information.

Adults (ages 13 and up) - $18 per person plus tax
Children (3-12), Seniors (65+), Military w/ ID, University Students w/ ID, Duke Employees w/ ID, Duke Alumni w/ ID - $16 per person plus tax
Young Children (ages 2 and under) - FREE
Group rate (10+ paying participants) - $15 per person plus tax (chaperones count as participants)

Scheduling (Select Summer Months)

Twilight tours are seasonal offerings and can be booked during the summer months only. For 2019, our twilight tours will be offered on Saturday and Sunday evenings from May 18 - August 18. Please call (919) 401-7240 to make your reservation today!

Please note: We may not be able to answer the phone immediately when you call, as we're often busy leading tours, responding to messages, and assisting guests in-store. Please leave us a voicemail message with your callback number and we'll return your call as soon as we can. Thanks so much for understanding!

Age Restrictions

None. This tour is fun for all ages! If your party includes many children under the age of 8, you might also consider a Little Lemurs tour (see below).

TOUR OPTION #2: Private Lemurs Live

Description + Pricing * Changing May 1, 2019 *

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.

Starting May 1, will be raising our prices for this tour and introducing a new “off-season” rate for our cold-weather tour path. Please see below for details.

Regular rate (May 1 – September 30) is $180 plus tax for each group (maximum of 18 people per group).

Off-Season rate (October 1 – April 30) is $144 plus tax for each group (maximum of 18 people per group).

* Are you interested in visiting with a scout troop? Check out our Lemur S.C.O.U.T. Program! We also have great options for classroom field trips!

* As on all of our tours, for your safety and for the well-being of our lemurs, there will not be any opportunities to touch the animals at any time.

Scheduling

This tour lasts approx. 90 minutes and is typically available every day of the week EXCEPT Tuesdays.* Please note that reservations are required, and that we recommend contacting us for scheduling at least 4 weeks out for best results.

*Due to the open format public Lemurs Live tours on Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday May 18 through Sunday August 18, we will only be able to offer private Lemurs Live tours at 9am on those weekend dates.

To make your reservation, please submit our online form.

Age Restrictions

None. This tour is fun for all ages!

Enrichment Drive Wishlist

Your group can help the lemurs! We're always looking for fun toys and treats for our residents. If your group is interested in donating enrichment items to the DLC's playful prosimians, please visit our amazon wishlist to purchase fun gifts for our lemurs! Or, visit our enrichment drive webpage to learn how to make homemade enrichment toys and to download a printable flyer! Please let the associate know you plan to donate when you schedule your tour. Thanks so much for your support!

Below: Bertha, a Coquerel's sifaka, eyes herself in a mirror donated via the DLC's amazon wishlist. Read more about our wishlist HERE.

Large Groups + Field Trips

Is your group over 18 people? If so, check out this page! Our group outings are perfect for classroom field trips, family reunions, office outings, wedding weekend activities, and more!

TOUR OPTION #3: Little Lemurs

Description + Pricing * Changing May 1, 2019 *

This experience is specially designed for the little lemur lovers in your life and is highly recommended for groups with children between the ages of 3 and 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. As on all of our tours, for your safety and for the well-being of our lemurs, there will not be any opportunities to touch the animals at any time.

Starting May 1, will be raising our prices for this tour and introducing a new “off-season” rate for our cold-weather tour path. Please see below for details.

Regular Pricing (May 1 – September 30):

All guests ages 3 and up – $12 per person plus tax
Young children (ages 2 and under) – FREE

Off-Season Pricing (October 1 – April 30):

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

Scheduling

This tour lasts approx. 50 minutes and is offered on Fridays and Mondays year-round at 10:00 a.m. This tour is also offered at 10am on weekends from August 24 to May 5. Please see the Lemurs Live (tour option #1) description for information on weekend tours during the summer weekend dates excluded above.

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

Please note: We may not be able to answer the phone immediately when you call, as we're often busy leading tours, responding to messages, and assisting guests in-store. Please leave us a voicemail message with your callback number and we'll return your call as soon as we can. Thanks so much for understanding!

Age Restrictions

None. This tour is fun for all ages! It is, however, most perfectly suited for children under 8.

SEASONAL OFFERING: Enrichment: More Than Just a Toy!

Description

Join us this summer for our newest tour offering – Enrichment: More than Just a Toy! Did you know that the lemurs here at the DLC can live over 10 years longer than their average life expectancy in the wild? Of course, receiving tailored diets from our dedicated animal care team and world-class veterinary care has a little something to do with it, but one of the most important parts of our lemur care is enrichment. Whether it’s weaving the perfect hammock out of fire hose, creating a puzzle feeder from cardboard boxes, or simply spraying a funny new smell in their habitat, we know our lemur enrichment! While we share the knowledge we’ve gained over more than 50 years of caring for lemurs, we’ll be handing out treats and toys to some of the lemurs along the way.

This tour will focus on our lemur care and will not include as many specifics about the DLC’s history or lemur species, so it is recommended for guests who have already visited us on a Lemurs Live or other introductory tour.

This tour is 90 minutes long, and is recommended for guests ages eight and older.

Want to learn more? Read our enrichment blog post HERE, as well as the article "Playtime for Lemurs: The Value of Enrichment" -- a featured article in the online version of the DLC's annual magazine!

Pricing

Adults (ages 13 and up) – $35 per person plus tax

Children (3-12), seniors (65+), military w/ ID, college students w/ ID, Duke employee w/ ID, Duke alumni w/ ID – $32 per person plus tax

Young children (ages 2 and under) – FREE, but not recommended due to the length of this tour

A group rate is not available for this tour due to the already smaller group size; however, anyone interested in a private version of this tour for a class, scout group, staff outing, etc. can inquire about pricing and availability by emailing primate@duke.edu.

Scheduling

This seasonal tour lasts 90 minutes and will be offered on Mondays and Friday at 1pm Monday May 13  - Friday August 16. Please call (919) 401-7240 to make your reservation today. You can make reservations up to 3 months in advance of your intended tour date.

Age Restrictions

None, although this tour is recommended for guests over the age of eight. If your party includes many children under the age of 8, you might also consider a Little Lemurs tour (see above).

 

General information

Tour Deposits

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

Public vs. Private Tours

On the Tour Comparison Chart HERE, tours that are reservable per person are public tours open to anyone who requests a reservation. Unless you book all 8 spaces on a Walking with Lemurs tour, for instance, you'll be on the tour with people outside your group. Tours that are reservable by group, on the other hand, are private bookings exclusively for you and your invitees.

Planning + Directions

General information for planning your trip to the DLC is available via our 'Plan Your Visit' webpage.

The Lemur Center is situated in Duke Forest less than 10 minutes from Duke's West Campus. Step-by-step instructions are available online.

Enclosures

The DLC has two types of enclosures: Natural Habitat Enclosures (NHEs) and Indoor Enclosures with Outdoor Yards. On Walking with Lemurs and Photographer’s Dream tours, guests will see lemurs in their NHEs. All other tours focus exclusively on the indoor/outdoor enclosures. Above, guests at Lemurpalooza watch lemurs playing and lounging in their outdoor yards.

Our indoor/outdoor housing areas are specially constructed for the physical and mental health of our lemurs. Each family group of lemurs is housed within a large set of interconnected enclosures and has multiple indoor rooms available to them (heated and cooled, depending on season), which are connected to multiple outdoor yards. For example, a family of 4 lemurs has access to at least 4 ‘sets’ of indoor/outdoor areas, totaling 8 individual enclosures. Different doorways lead into and out of these areas, creating ample space for natural movement and play and giving the animals privacy — away from each other, or away from public view — whenever they desire it. These spaces also help facilitate lemur research (all non-invasive) and care by allowing us to temporarily close off individual rooms within each family’s set of enclosures. This flexibility is brilliant for managing breeding groups and especially new moms and infants, as infant survival rates are significantly higher when mother and baby are separated from the group for a few days and gradually reintroduced when the infant is less vulnerable. Wire fencing between enclosures allows these lemurs to be separate and safe, while also maintaining visual and olfactory contact with the rest of their family.

Guests on our Lemurs Live and Little Lemurs tours – and Lemurpalooza attendees – see only the outdoor areas of these enclosures. Guests on our Behind the Scenes, Painting, Walking, and Keeper for A Day tours see the lemurs’ outdoor and indoor areas.

To keep our lemurs physically and mentally engaged, the indoor/outdoor enclosures are re-branched and re-furnished often to give them new layouts to explore, and special and varied enrichment activities are provided daily. These help promote natural behavior like foraging and promote not just physical health but also mental stimulation and all other aspects of the well-being of the lemurs under our care. Learn more about the DLC’s enrichment and training program on our Behind the Scenes tour.

In warmer weather, a large number of our lemurs get to free-range in large forested Natural Habitat Enclosures while also retaining access to their indoor/outdoor enclosures. Guests can see lemurs in their NHEs on the Walking with Lemurs tour.

Weather Policy

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.

Will I get to touch a lemur?

Nope! As cuddly as the animals may appear, our lemurs are wild animals. For the safety of our animals and our guests, no visitors are allowed any physical contact with the animals. However, we do welcome flash-free photography – the lemurs can be quite photogenic!

Additional options

To explore additional tour options, please visit our premium tours webpage or return to the tours homepage.

Questions?  

General information for planning your visit, as well as answers to frequently asked questions, is available via our ‘Plan Your Visit’ webpage.

Reservations for the Lemurs Live (option #1) and Little Lemurs (option #3) tours are made by calling (919) 401-7240. Reservations for Private Lemurs Live (option #2) and all premium tours should be made by submitting our online reservation request form.

If you have other questions, please call the Lemur Landing front desk at (919) 401-7240. We’ll be happy to help!

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