Come celebrate fall with the DLC’s leaping lemurs! Playful prosimians. Fun, educational activities. Food trucks. Even a visit from the DLC’s very own mascot, Maky! Join us on September 21, 2018 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. for a festive evening celebrating and supporting the amazing animals of the Duke Lemur Center!

This awesome event costs only one $75 Adopt a Lemur donation per car, but reservations must be made in advance. Enjoy your evening of lemurs with the knowledge that your donation supports our animals as well as our education, research, and conservation programs. Our gift shop will be open until 7:30 p.m., and Morfa Empanadas will be serving up dinner! (Be sure to bring some extra $$ to purchase empanadas, since they’re not included in your ticket price.) Your $75 registration fee is for one parking space, admission for all occupants of the vehicle, and one adoption of a lemur for one year!

Your reservation comes with a lemur adoption! As part of your reservation, you will get to select a lemur species who you would like to adopt symbolically.  We will mail you a packet on your lemur after the event and send you quarterly updates so you can keep up with your lemur’s latest activities!


LemurpaWOWZA! We are SOLD OUT for Lemurpalooza on Friday, September 21! If you’d like to be added to our waitlist, please email

Looking for a fun alternative? We still have spaces open for Mission: Madagascar, an ADULTS ONLY event on September 15! Join us for fine wine, craft beer, and heavy hors d’oeuvres while wandering the tour path and exploring exclusive behind-the-scenes areas. Ticket purchases and donations directly benefit the DLC’s critical conservation work in Madagascar! Learn more about Mission: Madagascar HERE



WHAT: Lemurpalooza open house and Adopt a Lemur event — fun for all ages!

WHEN: 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 21 (our gift shop will be open until 7:30 p.m.)

WHY: To generate adoptions through the Adopt a Lemur program, which helps fund the $8,400 per year cost it takes to care for each of the DLC’s lemurs. Lemurpalooza also offers families the opportunity to visit lemur species in the program, and to ask technicians and education staff about each animal!

WHERE: Duke Lemur Center, 3705 Erwin Road in Durham, NC. Directions are available here.

Come meet the unique primates of Madagascar! This will be a special evening experience that allows families to stroll and view the animals at their own pace, rather than our usual guided tours. Keepers, educators, researchers, and more will be on hand to talk about the adoptable lemurs and to answer your questions. Engaging educational activities will be provided for kids and kids at heart. Guests can enjoy food from fabulous local food trucks, or pack a picnic to enjoy. Community fun, adorable lemurs, and an opportunity to conserve the environment and endangered animals all add up to a perfect spring evening.

Lemurpalooza is our largest event of the year, and offers the chance to share your love of lemurs with others in a large open house-style experience. If you would like to avoid the excitement of a large event and have a guided experience in a smaller group, please consider one of the DLC’s many tour options offered through the Education Department as an alternative way to visit and support us.

Commonly Asked Questions

How does my donation help lemurs? In 2012, lemurs were named the most endangered mammals on the planet. The Duke Lemur Center has been caring for and learning from lemurs for over 50 years. More lemurs live at the DLC than anywhere in the world outside of their native Madagascar. When you adopt a lemur, you not only help fund the $8,400 per year cost it takes to care for each animal, but also support our work in the U.S., Madagascar, and around the world to study and save these endangered animals.

What’s included in my $75 donation? Each $75 donation includes parking and admission for one vehicle and its occupants at Lemurpalooza on September 21, 2018 as well as the symbolic adoption of a lemur through the DLC’s Adopt A Lemur program. You’ll receive regular updates and photos on the animal of your choice, and you don’t have to scoop the poop! The animals stay at the DLC, and we do the dirty work.

How will I know my donation was received? If you submit your reservation online, you will receive an email from Duke University acknowledging your donation. This email will not specifically reference Lemurpalooza, but don't be concerned -- within two weeks, you should receive a second email from the Duke Lemur Center confirming that you are registered for the event. There will not be a ticket for the event or for parking but there will be a welcome table where staff will check you in before you enter the event.

Can I bring my kids? Yes, absolutely!

I don’t have kids. Can I come anyway? Of course! Lemurpalooza is a fun, educational evening for lemur lovers young and old. Have family visiting for the weekend? Bring them! Or invite your “special friend” and make it a date night!

What if it rains? Pack your umbrella and pull on your wellies! Lemurpalooza is rain or shine, provided there is no thunder or lightning in the area.

Will I get to touch a lemur? Nope. For the safety of our animals and for your safety, no guests are allowed any physical contact with the animals here at the Center.

I have more questions. Who can I call? If you have questions or would prefer to submit your reservation over the phone, please call Susan Fitzgerald at (919) 401-7226. She’ll be happy to help!

Lemurs Available for Adoption

Raven, our ‘movie star’ fat-tailed dwarf lemur, had her big screen moment in the IMAX documentary Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.

Teres is our superstar ring-tailed researcher who can find food in a puzzle box faster than you can blink an eye.

Presley is a blue-eyed black lemur named after the blue-eyed ‘King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.’

Pompeia is a regal Coquerel’s sifaka and mother to two beautiful, playful young girls. Her daughters, Francesa and Isabella, are the grandchildren of Jovian, who starred in the PBS Kids series Zoboomafoo!

Agatha, born in June 2017, is the DLC's newest infant aye-aye! The Duke Lemur Center has had more success at breeding aye-ayes than any other institution in the world.

Thistle is a feisty, teacup-sized female mouse lemur. Because mouse lemurs develop Alzheimer’s-like symptoms as they age, researchers at the Duke Lemur Center hope their non-invasive mouse lemur research will help us better understand the aging brain.

Planning Your Visit

Our Visitor Information Guide is the best resource for planning your visit to the DLC! That said, no resource is exhaustive; so if you have any questions that aren’t addressed in the information linked above, please call please call Susan Fitzgerald, who oversees our Adopt a Lemur program, at (919) 401-7226. She’ll be happy to help!






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