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Duke Lemur Center

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a must see place to visit

it was an educational visit to see the animals, the only place to see lemur's in nature. learned a... read more

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val w
Apex, North Carolina
look but dont touch

This is a great place to see what a lemur is and how they live. The center is trying to preserve... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Durham, North Carolina
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Reviewed yesterday

it was an educational visit to see the animals, the only place to see lemur's in nature. learned a lot and looking to another visit soon

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank val w
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a great place to see what a lemur is and how they live. The center is trying to preserve these cute animals. An hour should be more than enough time to visit

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank kengs2
Reviewed February 12, 2019

They have a great collection of very endangered species. All kinds of lemurs as well as other primates. It'sa great way to spend a day with the family. Be sure to make reservations

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank conne009
Reviewed February 12, 2019

I've always been intrigued by lemurs, parodied in the cartoon movies Madagascar 1 and 2, but had not had the opportunity to see them up close until a recent visit to the Duke Lemur Center. The guides provided a wonderful interpretive tour, and a lot...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BostonTarheel
Reviewed January 27, 2019 via mobile

The Lemurs Live tour provides a great overview of the lemurs in residence, the local research efforts, and the Center’s conservation efforts in Madagascar. The tour guide was friendly and provided great information on all the lemurs. We had the opportunity to see a few...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank BlueDevilOKC
Reviewed January 21, 2019 via mobile

If you're really a big lemur enthusiast, then this is for you. But if you just want to actually interact with the cute little creatures and take pictures, then you may be disappointed. Most of the tour is talking. By tge time you get to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Erbira B
Reviewed January 16, 2019

Fun place to visit and learn. Will have to go back during the warmer months for a closer look. Highly recommended for all ages.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Pippi_two
Reviewed December 30, 2018

Our guide was very well informed and good at engaging all members of the group. Kids and adults of all ages will find this interesting and fun. Because it was pretty cool out, some of the lemurs weren't outside when we went, but we still...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank megalley
Reviewed November 12, 2018

The Duke Lemur Center houses about 200 members of 17 species of lemurs and their biological cousins in a protected setting in the Duke Forest on the outskirts of Durham, NC. The Center provides housing for an endangered set of species, supports international conservation efforts...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank deburkins
Reviewed November 8, 2018

The tour itself is comprehensive and interesting. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the some 200 plus lemur inhabitants. On its 80 acres, there are several outdoor enclosures that an be visited during the warmer months for the premium price of $95. The rest of...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Megan M, Education Programs Manager at Duke Lemur Center, responded to this reviewResponded November 9, 2018

Thank you so much for your review, John! We're happy to hear the you enjoyed your tour, and we also wanted to offer some clarification on our conservation breeding program. Because the wild habitat for so many animals, including lemurs, is disappearing rapidly, the role...More

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August 8, 2017|
Response from Newsbyscott | Reviewed this property |
Our tour was at 1030--- they fed them at that time
June 24, 2017|
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Response from Carl F | Reviewed this property |
There are a few different methods used at the Lemur center for containing the animals. Some are in caged habitats, some are kept in habitats that have both and indoor and an out door contained space for them to move freely... More
Chuck G
February 11, 2017|
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Response from sabimax | Reviewed this property |
The Lemurs are mostly in cages. Once in a while the staff does bring out some lemurs for close ups.