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What is it?

An upgrade from the simpler Virtual Tour option, our Ask an Expert virtual program is our way of connecting you directly with the incredibly knowledgeable experts working here at the Duke Lemur Center! We’ll work with you to schedule a private ZOOM session with the expert of your choice, so you can take a deeper dive into the fascinating world of lemurs in a live chat. Each Ask an Expert session will be private to you, but you may choose to share it with up to 14 of your friends for a virtual group activity!


What does it include?

We offer two different options for your Ask an Expert program:

Option #1: Ask an Expert Question and Answer Session

This option includes an unstructured Q&A session with the DLC expert of your choice, lasting up to 30 minutes.

This option includes access to the Virtual Tour video series, so you can watch the Virtual Tour to prepare for your chat with your lemur expert.

This option includes complementary participation for up to 14 guests of your choice. We consider each screen/email address tuning in to be one guest, so if a household of three participates from one screen, that still only counts as one! If you have a group larger than 15 households, please email us at primate@duke.edu to discuss scheduling options.

Option #2: Ask an Expert Presentation

This option will begin with a structured and engaging presentation from your chosen DLC expert, and will still include ample time for Q&A as well.

The full program will last up to 60 minutes.

This option includes access to the Virtual Tour video series, so you can watch the Virtual Tour to prepare for your chat with your lemur expert.

This option includes complementary participation for up to 14 guests of your choice. We consider each screen/email address tuning in to be one guest, so if a household of three participates from one screen, that is still only counts as one! If you have a group larger than 15 households, please email us at primate@duke.edu to discuss scheduling options.


Who are the experts?

For your private ZOOM session, you’re invited to choose one expert of your choice, so you can take a deeper dive into your favorite lemur topic! Available experts include:

General Q & A: Education Team Member. This option is perfect for those who want to ask a wide range of questions on many different subjects. The education team here at the DLC are well versed in many subjects, so think of us like jacks of all trades! If you are interested in diving deep into a specific area of the DLC, we recommend considering one of the experts below.

Fossils and Primate Evolution: Matt Borths, Ph.D., Curator at the DLC’s Division of Fossil Primates

Non-invasive Research at the DLC: Erin Ehmke, Ph.D., Director of Research

Lemur Training and Behavior Management: Meg Dye, MSc., Curator of Behavioral Management

Lemur Enrichment: Kate Byrnes, Enrichment Technician

Madagascar Conservation: James Herrera, Ph.D., Project Coordinator for the DLC-SAVA Conservation Project


What is the cost?

Ask an Expert Q & A (up to 30 minutes): $75 plus tax

Ask an Expert Presentation (up to 60 minutes): $150 plus tax

Both options include complementary access for you and your guests to our Virtual Tour (valued at $20) to prepare for your chat with an expert. Please see the “What does it include?” section above for details on guest headcount limits.


How do I schedule?

To request an Ask an Expert virtual program, please fill out the request form below. Please note that you should plan to watch our Virtual Tour in advance of your Ask an Expert session, so that you can get the most value out of the experience. Once we have confirmed your scheduled session, you will be asked to pay in advance through a secure online portal. All registration fees are non-refundable, but you may reschedule to a future date with at least 48 hours’ notice.

Which Ask and Expert program type would you like to request?

Which expert would you like to request?

Preferred date(s) and time(s) of your program:

Due to the complexity of staff schedules, Ask and Expert programs must be scheduled a minimum of two weeks in advance. We regret that we cannot consider dates requested less than two weeks from now. 

Do you plan to invite additional guests to watch/participate in your Ask and Expert program?

No need to list names yet, we would just like an idea of the headcount (limit: 14 additional guests).