How to Visit the Duke Lemur Center This Summer

Like Alex the Lion from Madagascar would exclaim, “Here come the people, Marty! Oh, I love the people! It’s fun-people-fun time!” We like to believe the lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center (DLC) in Durham are thinking the same thing. Gates have reopened after being closed for over a year due to Covid-19, and the lemurs are ready to welcome you back with two different tours: The General Tour and Walking with Lemurs Premium Tour.

The General Tour

This private guided tour will give you an overview of DLC, its mission, and approximately 17 of its lemur inhabitants. Prepare yourself for a swingin’ good time as this tour covers 8 different species of lemurs. Tours are offered Mon & Fri-Sun at select times from 9am-7pm and require registration. Cost per group is $140 plus tax. Groups can be up to 10 people. There are no age limitations to this tour.

Walking with Lemurs Premium Tour

Looking for something more intimate? Guided through 1 of DLC’s 9 naturally forested habitats, you’ll feel immersed in the exclusive experience. Tours take place at 10am, when the animal keepers feed the lemurs their breakfast, guaranteeing loads of lemur activity. On this trek, there will be no barrier between you and the primates; however, guests and furry friends must keep their distance to at least 6ft apart. Before beginning the excursion, a signed waiver is required, since there are more chances for interaction with the Madagascar natives.  In addition, all patrons must be at least 10 years of age. Tours happen on Mon & Fri-Sun and require registration. This half-mile expedition costs $95 plus tax per person. Groups can be up to 10 people.

Things to Know Before Your Visit

  • Masks must be worn by all, no exceptions
  • No walk-ins, registration is required
  • Both tours are outdoors and will happen rain or shine (within reason)
  • All tours are between 45 and 60 minutes
  • All tours are happening between June and October
  • Bring your own water
  • Restrooms can be used at the end of the tour but not before
  • A 30 minute gift shop visit will be allotted at the end of all tours