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Duke Lemur Center, Durham

4.5
#2 of 9 in Parks in Durham
Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
The Duke Lemur Center is an 85-acre (34 ha) sanctuary for rare and endangered strepsirrhine primates, located at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. It is the largest sanctuary for strepsirrhine primates in the world.
The center is open to the public through tours, for which visitors must make an appointment.
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  • The largest collection of lemurs outside of Madagascar. Make a reservation to see these amazing animals and their super knowledgeable caretakers.  more »
  • A must-see if you have the time. Lemus are really incredible - from the smallest to the biggest, what they eat, where and how they live - all different and amazing adaptable.  more »
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  • It’s not a great experience for the 12 dollar tour. You need to remember this is not a zoo, so the animals are not on display like in a zoo. The cages make it difficult to see the lemurs and you can just forget about taking photos, unless you have 100-300 dollars per person and get on a waiting list for the photo tour your just going to be out of luck. It’s a great cause and the lemurs are awesome.
  • We went in April (had to get on a waiting list for reservations, so book early). Most of the lemurs were in the inside enclosures, due to the temperature, however, if you go in the summer, you get a completely different experience! The inside enclosures were a bit difficult to continue to look at, as there is a chain link fence and sometimes that makes your eyes go wonky.

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