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Wild Workshops

Our “Love and Lemurs” Wild Workshop in February 2019 discussed the art and science of lemur reproduction: how lemurs choose their mates (hint: there’s a lot of SCENT involved), how many infants a lemur can have, and why the DLC participates in a conservation breeding program!


Attention serious lemur lovers and science enthusiasts: we have an amazing new educational series for you! Starting in 2019, we will be offering Wild Workshops throughout the year! Each Wild Workshop will focus on a different subject connected to the work the DLC does here and in Madagascar. We’ll do a deep-dive into subjects like our conservation breeding program, enrichment and play, primate evolution, and so much more!

Each workshop will include customized programming for a recommended age group based on the subject we’re exploring. We will be including specialized presentations, husbandry and/or research demonstrations, and possibly even behind-the-scenes views that are catered to each Wild Workshop theme.

Because our Wild Workshops will focus heavily on a particular topic, we strongly recommend that guests only register for a Wild Workshop after attending one of our many other tour experiences. Please see below for a list of upcoming subjects.

If you don’t want to miss out when a new Wild Workshop registration opens, please send us an email at Just let us know that you’d like to go on our Wild Workshop interest list, and you will get an email as soon as any registrations open up!

Upcoming workshops

Our next Wild Workshop will be “Why We Don’t ‘Pet’ Primates.” This program is all about the expert lemur care we provide for these amazing wild animals, and how we can make smart, responsible decisions about what animals do and do not make good pets at home. More information on and registration for this kid-friendly program will be coming very soon! Keep an eye out for more information on the rest of our upcoming 2019 Wild Workshops:

Deep Dive: Coquerel’s Sifaka!

Lemur Yoga: A Study in Primate Locomotion* — For the safety of the lemurs and our guests, please note that no visitors are allowed any physical contact with the animals (see note below)

Deep Dive: Ring-tailed Lemurs!

Primate Evolution — Featuring the DLC’s very own Division of Fossil Primates!

Lemurs, Legends, and Lore – Oh My!

Deep Dive: Nocturnal Lemurs!

Lemur Enrichment and Training

Deep Dive: Ruffed Lemurs!

*Please note: Because lemurs are wild animals, the Duke Lemur Center is a strictly no-touch facility: for the safety of our guests and our lemurs, we do not allow any interactions between our guests and the animals. Our “Lemur Yoga” workshop will include time seeing the lemurs, and even some time inside the DLC’s signature Natural Habitat Enclosures with no barriers between us and the lemurs; but all guests must maintain at least a 3-foot distance from the lemurs at all times. Our yoga session would be elsewhere on our grounds — not inside the lemurs’ enclosures and not with the animals themselves.