Exploring Durham

Duke Lemur Center
Jan. 04, 2014 @ 02:58 PM

Throughout January, Exploring Durham is featuring articles about some of Durham’s most intriguing science and technology features.

Have you ever seen a lemur up close? If you live in Durham or in the Triangle, there’s no reason not to! Durham’s Duke Lemur Center has the largest population of lemurs anywhere in the world, outside of their native Madagascar, and they are ready for their close-up. Visitors to the center can observe the lemurs in natural habitats similar to the wild or up close in living quarters. The center also houses other rare creatures like aye-ayes and lorises in special habitats.

The Duke Lemur Center studies these endangered creatures, and since its inception has housed and cared for nearly 4,000 of them. Today, the Center houses nearly 250 primates across 21 species. The scientists there study behavior and genomics, physiology and paleontology among other disciplines. The center also focuses on conservation biology and work in Madagascar.

Tours are available seven days a week by reservation only. There are multiple types of tours available, both for adults and children, ranging from group educational tours, to more private sessions where participants can even paint with lemurs.  Stroll through the forest where lemurs bound around, or pretend to be a lemur keeper, feeding them, cleaning their enclosures and more. Any tour taken is sure to be an unforgettable experience!

Insider Tip: Lemur Art, that the lemurs painted themselves, is available for sale in the center’s gift shop.

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.