3705 Erwin Rd, Durham, NC 27705-5031
A unique experience next door to Chapel Hill. They offer several tour options including but not limited to a behind the scenes tour, and painting with Lemurs. Yes you read that correct, painting with Lemurs.
How this center came to be is a fascinating story. It was originally established as collaboration between two biologists, one who was studying maternal behavior in other who was at Yale, studying biochemical genetics in lemurs. The two investigators conceived the idea of establishing a primate facility in Duke Forest that would combine their research perspectives in order to explore the genetic foundations of primate behavior. The National Science Foundation rewarded their initiative by providing the funds to build a living laboratory where lemurs and their close relatives could be studied intensively and non-invasively. Today, it houses nearly 250 individuals across 21 species.
*Please note due to the nature of the center you must be accompanied by a guide at all times, therefore you must have a reservation.
Varies depending on which tour you choose
Parking available on location.
Hours of Operation
The Duke Lemur Center is open all year round from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. All tours are by appointment only.