If there is one thing that most of us can say we loved as kids, it's Zoboomafoo, no doubt. He needed to be protected at all cost and we would have done anything to meet that little creature. Lemurs are one of the most endangered species on the planet, and most of them live right here in North Carolina. One thing to do in North Carolina is taking a tour of the lemur center right here in Durham.
The Duke Lemur Center in Durham, North Carolina studies and cares for these endangered animals and houses over 200 lemurs. Besides Madagascar, this center is home to the most lemurs in the world.
The center wants to inform and educate the public on this extremely endangered species, so you can actually go and tour this facility for just $14.
Annually, the center gets over 32,000 visitors because where else can you hang out with these little creatures without crossing the Atlantic?
There are 14 different species of lemurs that are housed at DLC and you can actually "adopt" one. This means you get constant updates on how your lemur is doing and your donation goes towards buying them food, having top-notch vet care and helps fund the conservation programs.
In order to tour the facility and get up close and personal with the animals, you have to make a reservation. Your tour and merchandise purchase goes towards the Education Department and helps pay for lemur care, housing, veterinary supplies, and conservation initiatives, according to the website.
The average public tour is about an hour and 15 minutes long and your guide will lead you all around the facility to teach you everything you need to know about the lemurs.
Even though the lemurs are cute and cuddly, there is no touching them, but you can take as many photos as you want!
If you are an animal lover, there are more spots all over the state where you can learn and hang out with all types of animals and you can even go free-diving with sharks off the coast of the state.
Duke Lemur Center
Address: 3705 Erwin Road, Durham, NC 27705
Why You Need To Go: You will learn everything you need to know about these extremely endangered animals and be able to see them in their natural habitat.