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Duke Lemur Center, Durham

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Duke Lemur Center, Durham, North Carolina NC

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You can see cute lemurs in cages in a forested area at Duke Lemur Center. You must make a reservation ahead of time, check in at the gift shop, and then take the short pathway to the lemurs. About five large cages hold different types of lemurs. It is quite crowded around the cages, with yelling families, so not a favorite activity for introverted people. The lemurs are fun to watch, as they swing from branch to branch, even grabbing onto the wire cage and jumping. Their tails are bushy and long. The blue-eyed lemur is a pretty one. There is lots of shade as you walk around in a sweet forest with flowers and vines. Student volunteers are at each cage to tell you about the lemurs. At Duke they are doing research to see which lemurs can see the color red. The lemurs must touch the red area of the screen rather than the green, and they are rewarded. The males can't see red, it turns out, and only some females can, so the students are researching how these genes are passed down by the females. 
Overall, it is a pleasant, short visit, but since you can see the lemurs in about fifteen minutes, the price is too high. It should be by donation, or $5 per person. 
The gift shop has some cute lemur stuffed animals, and restrooms. There is no food for sale.
When reserving, you can choose a guided or non-guided "open format" tour.
While in the Duke area, check out Sarah P. Duke Gardens- they are amazing in spring. And the beautiful Duke Campus and Chapel. You can have lunch at the international food court on campus. Or eat at Guglhupf, a cute German cafe with a huge patio full of plants, decorations, and fountains.

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Photos of the lemurs.
Photos of the lemurs.
Cute photo!
Cute photo!
Lemur tracks.
Lemur tracks.
Cages in the forest.
Cages in the forest.
Black and white ruffed lemur.
Black and white ruffed lemur.
Information sign by the cage.
Information sign by the cage.
Visitors delight in the lemur antics.
Visitors delight in the lemur antics.
   

Directions

Duke Lemur Center is located at 3705 Erwin Rd, Durham. There is a sign on Erwin Road and then you turn on Lemur Lane and follow it to the parking lot. The road becomes gravel toward the end. There is limited parking but people park on the grass as well. 
Tickets are generally $14 for adults, and $12 for students and children aged 3-12. 
Reserve your tour a few weeks ahead. You can reserve summertime open format tours online here. For other tours you must call (919) 401-7240. Besides general tickets, there are also tours for kids, twilight tours during the hottest months, and more.

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Last Updated: Sun, 19 May 2019 14:59:19 GMT