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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 as many friends as you’d like for a virtual group activity! You may also choose to give this package as a gift to someone else, they would then have at least one year to schedule their session with one of our experts.


What does it include?

Each Ask an Expert session will begin with a structured and engaging presentation* from your chosen DLC expert and will include ample time for Q&A as well.

The full program will last up to 60 minutes.

Be sure to watch the Virtual Tour video series, so you can prepare for your chat with your lemur expert.

This session includes complimentary participation for guests of your choice. While we can accommodate larger groups using YouTube Live, our experts may not be able to answer everyone’s questions in one hour. For the most interactive experience, we recommend limiting participation to 15 people or brainstorming questions in advance.

*Please note that all video of the lemurs will be pre-recorded, and there will not be any live sessions with the lemurs on screen. Using pre-recorded footage allows us to show you the best views and angles of the lemurs, AND it ensures that the lemurs can have fun on their timeline, so it really is the best option for all primates involved!


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:

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

If you are interested in a topic that isn’t listed, email us at primate@duke.edu and our education team will put together a custom presentation just for you!


What is the cost?

Ask an Expert Presentation and Q&A (up to 60 minutes): $100 plus tax


Give as a gift

Click here to give an Ask an Expert session to a friend or loved one! We will automatically send an email detailing this gift and how it can be redeemed to the recipient, and they will have at least one year to schedule their Ask An Expert program.


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 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 an Expert program?

No need to list names yet, we would just like an idea of the headcount.