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Lemurs Live Open Format Tour



Lemurs Live Open Format Tours


The Duke Lemur Center has been a part of Duke University for over 50 years, and currently houses the most lemurs outside of their native Madagascar in the world. Visits must be scheduled in advance, and guests will spend time watching the amazing animals that call the Duke Lemur Center home, while learning about this internationally-renowned hub of non-invasive research, education, and conservation.

The Duke Lemur Center offers many different tour options, and more information about all options can be found at lemur.duke.edu/visit. Tickets sold through this site are for the public Lemurs Live open format tours on weekends May 10 – August 18. All other reservations should be made following the directions on the Duke Lemur Center website.

Lemurs Live open format tours will be offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30 a.m. 'til 1:30 p.m.* These utilize the same tour path as the weekday Lemurs Live tours, and guests see the same lemurs and hear the same great information from staff and volunteers stationed along the way. But, instead of following a designated guide from station to station, visitors are encouraged to wander the path at their own pace and according to their own interests. This means that if a lemur is being especially cute you can linger by its enclosure and watch as long as you’d like; or, if a lemur is sleeping, you’ll have the freedom to pass by it and return later! As with any visit to the Duke Lemur Center, open format tours still require reservations. Once you have made your reservation, you can arrive any time between 10:30am and 1pm on your reserved date, and stay for as little or as long as you'd like. (Please note, however, since the tour path closes at 1:30, and we recommend about one hour to complete your visit, we will not allow entry to the tour path after 1pm.)

*Timing and availability for Duke’s Graduation Weekend (May 10-12) will differ from the usual schedule. Please see below for specific days and times on that particular weekend.

Please note that no guests on any tour are permitted to have any physical interaction with the lemurs. For more information on the Duke Lemur Center’s “no-touch” policy, and what you can expect on your visit, please see https://lemur.duke.edu/engage/plan-your-visit/.

Please note that this tour is located entirely outside, and we advise all guests to review the weather forecast before coming out. With summer temperatures climbing, we highly recommend bringing water, sunscreen, and bug spray for your visit. This tour is rain or shine, but in the event of lightning and/or thunder, we will have to ask all guests to move off the tour path into sheltered areas until the lightning and/or thunder passes. If we just experience rain, we will still run tours as usual, but guests will be outdoors for the duration of the tour experience, so we wanted to ensure you are prepared for the weather. While we will be happy to host your visit, we also want to ensure the safest and most enjoyable possible experience for all of our guests.

If the weather forecast predicts unreasonably high temperatures or a strong possibility of thunderstorms, we will relax our usual policies and work with any guests who wish to reschedule or even cancel.


Adult (ages 13 – 64): $14
Children (ages 3 – 12): $12
Children (ages 2 and under): free
Seniors (ages 65 and up), students, military, Duke employees, and Duke alumni: $12 (must present valid ID)
Group rate (10 or more paying guests): $10