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Reservations Essential

Any guests must have a prepaid tour reservation in order to visit the Lemur Center. In order to keep the endangered primates that call the DLC home safe and healthy, we regret that we cannot accommodate any walk-in visitors in any capacity. Please continue reading below to learn more about each tour type and how to reserve your space. Full registration information is available in the links to each specific tour type below.


Limited Schedule

Thanks for your interest in visiting the Lemur Center! Because the DLC is first and foremost a non-invasive research center, we offer a limited schedule of tours compared to traditional zoos. We always do our best to open as many tours as we can, but we appreciate your patience and understanding if the tour you are hoping for is sold out, or only offered on certain days of the week. To help you plan, we’ve got a quick summary of when each tour option will typically be offered in our tour season (May through September), but please note that you should click on the links to see exactly what dates are available to make your reservation. All times listed are EST.

Self-Guided General Tours: Thursdays 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Fridays 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Saturdays 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, and Sundays 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Private Group General Tours: Mondays, Wednesdays, and occasional Fridays, various times in the morning and early afternoon

Walking with Lemurs Premium Tours: Seven days a week 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Behind the Scenes Premium Tours: Saturday and Sunday 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM


A female mongoose lemur nibbles fresh browse

General Tour

The General Tour offers an overview of the Duke Lemur Center, its three-fold mission, and its residents—and allows guests to see approximately 17 of the amazing lemurs that call the DLC home! We are now offering two varieties of this tour: (1) self-guided or (2) private group. Both options include loads of interaction and Q&A time with our trained educators, so whether you’re a returning lemur fan or a brand-new visitor, we’ll make your tour experience educational and unforgettable. Click here to learn more!


Three lemurs sit on a wooden walkway above green bushes

Walking with Lemurs Premium Tour

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 Premium Tour is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to have that unforgettable experience right here in the forests of Duke University! Click here to learn more!


Winifred the aye-aye reaches toward the camera

Behind the Scenes Premium Tour

Take a peek behind the animal care curtain of the Duke Lemur Center on this one-of-a-kind experience! You’ll get up close views of afternoon feedings and enrichment sessions, AND this is the only tour experience that offers any aye-aye viewing. Click here to learn more!


Cartoon of an aye-aye lemur wearing a mask

Safety Protocols for All Tours

All guests must wear a mask at all times while entering any buildings onsite (snugly covering nose, mouth, and chin). Some tours may have additional masking requirements, so please be sure to check the specific descriptions at the links above. Additionally, the DLC masking policy may be updated and changed as needed to keep these endangered primates safe, and all guests will be required to follow the masking requirements in place at the time of their visit. Disposable masks will be provided to anyone arriving without their own mask.

If you or any person in your group are experiencing any symptoms of COVID-19, please notify us immediately and we will work with you to reschedule or cancel your tour. COVID-related symptoms include any of the following: temperature over 100°F, atypical headache, shortness of breath/difficulty breathing, cough, sore throat, muscle or body aches, runny nose (aside from typical seasonal allergies), change in taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.

If you need to cancel your tour due to illness and are not able to reschedule, we will refund your tour registration fee. This applies to guests who have received vaccinations as well as those who have not.