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“went when the center was open for self tours and may go back in the Fall for a private tour”
Review of Duke Lemur Center

Duke Lemur Center
Ranked #8 of 58 things to do in Durham
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Most of the year center is for private tours and don't know if I would have wished to pay for the higher fee so going during the summer for self guided was a great introduction. Young people were at every exhibit to answer questions about the animals which made for a very informative trip.

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Reviewed 8 August 2017

Since you don't often see Lemurs outside of Madagascar ( and they don't travel well) this is an ideal opportunity to learn more about these prosimian primates. They are amazing creatures and each species represented at the Center has unique characteristics. We were a family group of seven and we opted for the private tour -- which is basically a 1 hour guided tour of the lemurs housed in spacious cages. We learned a lot from our guide, George. Although I did feel that he could have been more responsive to our questions. Some of the lemurs were caged where they were difficult to see, but others would come quite close to you. You do need to make reservations well in advance. But it is well worth your time and the cost associated with it -- all of the fees goes to support the lemurs. There are other tours in the summer months where you can walk in the large area where the lemurs roam freely. This is more expensive ($95/pp) but for a small group may provide a more intimate experience.

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Reviewed 6 August 2017 via mobile

We bit the bullet and paid the $ to do the 'Walking with Lemurs' tour and are so glad we did! With a limit of 8-10 people the experience is very intimate. We went in the ringtail and sifaka enclosure and spent 90 mins observing and learning about these quirky creatures...they have two tongues! Fay- our guide- was amazing with the educational aspect as well as Matt who fed them and knows their personalities. Keep in mind: these are NOT tamed or trained animals so they will not approach you to pet, nor are you allowed to go up to them. This is not a petting zoo but a research facility, so they want to retain as much of their 'wild' nature as possible. The animals did not follow these rules, however; several of the Lemurs walked, hopped, or danced just a foot away from us on the path! You really should consider this tour since the less expensive alternatives just walk around lemur cages- which, after our walk, was not nearly as impressive. Book early-- they sell out a week or more in advance.

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Reviewed 5 August 2017

What a great place to see these amazing creatures outside of their native Madagascar. Take a tour that goes into their habitat. Awesome to be that close. Please read the Web site tour info.

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Reviewed 3 August 2017 via mobile

Wonderful facility with great and caring staff and many adorable lemurs. Very much worth a visit, and much better than a zoo. Lemurs are mere feet or yards away, and while they are enclosed sometimes, you can tour the free rangers and see lemurs on the ground and in the trees right in front of you!

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