4.3
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Duke Eye Center

2351 Erwin Rd, Durham, North Carolina 27705 USA

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Wed 6a-3p
  • Independent
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  • Wheelchair
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  • Public
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  • No Wifi

“Where we can learn more about lemur”

For millions of years, lemurs, the ancient relatives of monkeys, apes and humans, have evolved in isolation on the island of Madagascar.   With only a few natural predators, expansive habitat, and lush vegetation, lemurs flourished on the island paradise until slightly less than 2,000 years ago when humans began to settle there.   Since the first immigrants arrived, one third of the lemur species have become extinct and more teeter on the brink of extinction.   As Madagascar’s population is currently doubling every 25 years, there is ever growing pressure for land, mainly for slash-and-burn agriculture.   Therefore, the protection and preservation of these truly unique primates requires a holistic approach involving multiple strategies both in Madagascar and internationally.To this end, the Duke Lemur Center was established in 1966 and today is the world’s largest sanctuary for rare and endangered prosimian primates.   Nestled on 85 acres in Duke Forest, the Lemur Center houses about 250 animals, including 233 lemurs encompassing 15 species, along with lorises from India and Southeast Asia and bushbabies from Africa.The Mission of the Duke Lemur Center is to promote research and understanding of prosimians and their natural habitat as a means of advancing the frontiers of knowledge, to contribute to the educational development of future leaders in international scholarship and conservation and to enhance the human condition by stimulating intellectual growth and sustaining global biodiversity.

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Reviewed by
Greg Newkirk

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September 30, 2014
Rated 4.0

GUYS, IT'S A LEMUR HABITAT. What else do I need to say?

In any case, this place is great. They're even the largest lemur sanctuary in the world, holding nearly 250 different species of Lemur, most of which you'll have a chance to see. Highly recommended!

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Reviewed by
HayleySarene

  • 1 Review
  • 1 Helpful
June 18, 2016

Make sure you make an appointment for a tour. Guests cannot wander around without a guide and they said the tours usually fill up a week in advance.

1 person found this review helpful

Reviewed by
AnikaNikiMcMenamin

  • 3 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
July 26, 2016

Unfortunately this place has tours by appointment only. The hours listed here is for the gift store, not walk in hours to see the lemurs. Found out too late in our road trip to book a tour, since it is booked more than two weeks from the date of our trip

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Duke Eye Center

2351 Erwin Rd
Durham, North Carolina
27705 USA

Hours

Open now until 3:00 pm
  • Sat: 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
  • Fri: 5:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • Tue - Thu: 6:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Public Restrooms
  • No Wifi
  • Private Parking
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