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Duke Lemur Center

#9 of 76 things to do in Durham Features Animals
3705 Erwin Rd, Durham, NC 27705-5031
+1 919-489-3364
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Once in a Lifetime Experience!

This is the hidden gem of Durham. Amazing to see the lemurs up close, and the staff is so... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
New York City, New York
Such fun!! Pick a sunny day.

This is a very special trip-- about 2-3 hours total. It's unique and you get to see a whole variety... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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3705 Erwin Rd, Durham, NC 27705-5031
+1 919-489-3364
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is the hidden gem of Durham. Amazing to see the lemurs up close, and the staff is so knowledgeable. Go early in the day as possible if you visit during the summer -- it gets HOT.

Thank beccaboom82
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a very special trip-- about 2-3 hours total. It's unique and you get to see a whole variety of lemurs (made 5-10 different types at least). You need to plan the trip a couple weeks in advance if you're open to any date,...More

Thank Anasoma
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Center is a lemur SANCTUARY! DO NOT expect to be immersed in the lemur habitat. The folks there are quite nice and the guide we had was quite knowledgeable about lemurs. There are quite a variety of lemur species to see; HOWEVER, you only...More

Thank dwlasher
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The tour guide was nice and knowledgeable. The lemurs were cute, however, we were disappointed at how short the tour was. We walked around to like 5 different lemur cages and then we were done. I was kind of disappointed, with all the positive reviews...More

Thank Nate S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Saw almost nothing for $12. Also, First stop the tour guide was some kid, Patrick, who talked way too fast in that slurred, 20-something-speak, and who would not slow down and enunciate when asked to modify his presentation style. Can't/won't recommend.

Thank marleyjune
Reviewed 1 week ago

A chance to see lemurs outside of Madagascar. I felt good supporting this exhibit and the volunteers who work there. Set in the Duke forest it is a true sanctuary for the endangered lemurs.

Thank Hopalong605
Reviewed 1 week ago

We went in a group of four with advance reservations. Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly and quick to answer our questions/concerns. This is truly a gem of a place.

Thank jrk52016
Reviewed 1 week ago

So I didn't go with family, but several friends who belong to the same outdoors group. The Lemur Center looks to be a beautifuly managed facility dedicated to studying and behavioral research on Lemurs. But, I must admit, it's their cuteness that endeared me to...More

Thank CUbeMan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

These prosimian creatures are fascinating, and the Duke Lemur Center has a good variety of them, including crowned lemurs, blue-eyed black lemurs, ring-tailed lemurs, ruffed lemurs, and Coquerel's sifaka ("shifack") lemurs, made famous by the Kratt Brothers' first show Zoboomafoo. The friendly and knowledgeable staffers...More

Thank Jonathan G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had been wanting to visit the Lemur Center for several years and finally had the opportunity. We made reservations several weeks in advance for the Walking with Lemurs tour - highly recommended! We spent time in a forest enclosure with ring-tailed lemurs and Coquerel's...More

Thank mokie_boone
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25 June 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
12 February 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.
Kathleen B
1 September 2016|
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Response from Renee R | Reviewed this property |
Lemur center is open year round from 9:30-4 pm with the exception of holiday closures. The do require reservations for a guided tour. Check the website out and go visit and enjoy!!