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Below are several ways you can help us provide the highest quality of care for our lemurs. About 50% of the Duke Lemur Center’s funding comes from grants, donations, tour registrations, and gift shop sales. We truly appreciate any support that you would like to give!

Adopt a Lemur ($50+)

We rely heavily on the tour program for funding to care for our lemurs, so all symbolic adoptions will help to recoup some of the tour revenue we’ve lost due to COVID-19. Become a “lemur parent” by adopting your favorite species today with a gift of $50 or more! You or your gift recipient will receive a welcome packet and quarterly email updates with photos with news about your lemur’s life here at the DLC.

Send a Lemur a Present ($5+)

If you would like to donate enrichment materials or other supplies, we would very much welcome your donations via our amazon wishlist! To eliminate potential animal exposure to COVID-19 from outside sources, we had to suspend our practice of utilizing donated household enrichment items, including drop-offs of cardboard rolls (paper towel or toilet paper rolls), cardboard boxes, and fleece used to create enrichment toys for our lemurs. Now, we can only accept items that are pre-packaged and sealed by the manufacturer, so we have identified raw materials that can be shipped directly to the DLC and added them to our wishlist.

Follow Us on Social Media (FREE)

Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest news, new virtual offerings, and fundraisers and events—and please share them with your friends and family to help us get the word out!

Make a Donation (Any Amount)

Unrestricted gifts always help us to address our priority needs, from caring for the lemurs to repairing enclosures damaged by storms, to providing training opportunities for our animal technicians. Or, visit our donations homepage to explore all of our giving areas and please reach out to Mary Paisley ( if you have questions about our giving opportunities. She would love to hear from you!

Support Our Priority Special Needs ($5,000+)

While unrestricted donations are always needed, appreciated, and directed toward priority needs of the DLC, these special targeted impact gifts are identified priorities for the DLC as options for donors considering larger contributions between $5,000 and $110,000. Some of these opportunities can be divided into two or three annual payments to fulfill the total funding needed. Please direct questions to Mary Paisley, Development Officer, at

Share the Lemur Love (FREE)

Share the DLC’s social media posts with your friends! Share and link to the Duke Lemur Center’s website home page or the DLC’s main donation page from your own website: “Join me in supporting the Duke Lemur Center!” You can also share your love of lemurs and your support for the DLC by using one of our free downloadable Zoom backgrounds for your next meeting.