The Duke Lemur Center is the world's largest and most diverse collection of lemurs (the world's most endangered group of mammals) outside of Madagascar, and it's right here in Durham. This 85-acre sanctuary was founded to protect and research the remaining species while raising awareness for endangered animals.
The Lemur Center offers one of the coolest experiences in Durham with its guided tours—and they're usually booked weeks in advance, so hop to it! Ticket prices are $12 for adults, $9 for children and free for kids 2 and under. Don't miss a few marquee lemur species (there are over a dozen species in all). One is the aye-aye, a nocturnal, funky looking cross between a rat, a lemur, and Dobby from Harry Potter. Legend has it if one points its middle finger at you, you are cursed forever. The other, also nocturnal, is the slender loris, also known as the "banana on stilts" due to their small size and long legs. They're a blast!