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Duke Lemur Center

3705 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27705
919 489-3364
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Ranked #9 of 36 attractions in Durham
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas
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San Diego, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

We went for the "Lemurs Live!" tour - inexpensive at $9 for seniors. The video before the tour was quite interesting and informative but the tour itself was disappointing. The guide kept telling us to take lots of pictures but that was impossible since one only got to glimpse the lemurs through a mesh-fence and/or glass. The guide essentially repeated... More

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Cary, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I heard about this place as it is the largest center for lemurs outside of Madagascar. It is a research center that offers tours so make sure to make a reservation and plan your reservation in the future as they book up quickly. The video at the beginning of the tour was very informative and the tour guide had lots... More

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Ohio City, Ohio
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This was an interesting experience. We went there twice; the first time was the regular tour, "Lemurs Live," which was fun (also, we had a Groupon, so it was inexpensive), but really not much more than a souped-up zoo tour. The lemurs were cute to look at, but they were in cages. We then thought that getting to actually work... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Extremely informative and the lemurs are really entertaining. Our volunteer guide is a child psychiatrist and had lots of cool things to say about Lemur behavior. Oscar the baby lemur was jumping around like a yr old kid. Sadly, the wire is so think and dark that it's almost impossible to get good photos of the experience--so ditch the camera... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Poorly organized and a lot of information repeated. Thought the video was better than the tour. Our guide Went on and on and on. Cut it shorter and make it more fun. The Lemur's are fun to watch get their crazins. OK visit, but once is enough.

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Leesburg, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Fascinating zoo-like opportunity to view a multitude of lemurs. Very interesting tour. Worth a visit while in Durham.

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Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

I took my 9 year old granddaughter, and we had the best time. There are so many lemurs, and they are so active. I had no idea it would be such an attractive place with beautifully landscaped areas. I had no idea there were so many different lemurs, either. She is after me all the time to take her back.

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Watertown, Massachusetts
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25 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

This was the one thing I planned before I went on my trip - and you have to book early, because it sells out. I would have liked to do the "up close and personal" tours, but they're just too expensive. Do the standard tour; it's absolutely worth it! The lemurs are so adorable, and the guides know a lot.... More

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reading, pa
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70 reviews 70 reviews
12 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Lemurs. In North Carolina! Touring the Duke Lemur Center was a great add-on to the campus tour. Inexpensive and impressive. They take great care of these diminishing species.

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Columbus, Ohio
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

On 84 acres in the middle of the Duke University Forest resides the largest living collection of endangered primates in the world ~ the lemurs of Madagascar. I knew lemurs were unusual but had no idea how many species there are and how diverse their physical and behavioral traits. The Duke Lemur Center has focused on research, education and conservation... More

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