Lemur Conservation Foundation

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Lemur Conservation Foundation
Lemur Conservation Foundation Logo.jpg
Founded 1996
Founder Penelope Bodry-Sanders
Type 501(c)(3)
Focus Preserve and conserve the primates of Madagascar
Product Lemur conservation
Key people
Alison Grand, Ph.D. Executive Director; Caitlin Kenney, Zoological Manager; Erik Patel, Ph.D., Conservation and Research Director; Tora Buttaro, Director of Development
Website Lemur Conservation Foundation

The Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the primates of Madagascar through managed breeding, scientific research, education, and art. It was founded in 1996 by Penelope Bodry-Sanders under the advisement of paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersall. At their 130 acre reserve in Florida, the Lemur Conservation Foundation is home to over 50 lemurs of six different species, most of which are critically endangered or endangered, including ring-tailed lemurs, mongoose lemurs, red ruffed lemurs, collared brown lemurs, common brown lemurs and Sanford's lemurs. The Lemur Conservation Foundation maintains an active office in northeastern Madagascar and supports conservation initiatives with a focus on community and habitat protection programs in and around Anjanaharibe-Sud Reserve and Marojejy National Park[1][2][3][4]

Myakka City Lemur Reserve[edit]

The 130-acre Myakka City Lemur Reserve, which opened in 1999, is an AZA certified related facility that is located in Manatee County, Florida. There are two free-range forests and the remaining acres currently serve as native wildlife habitat and a buffer zone for the reserve. Two buildings act as indoor/outdoor lemur enclosures: the Reed and Barbara Toomey Lemur Pavilion and the Marilyn K. North Lemur Lodge. The Mianatra Center for Lemur Studies and the Anne & Walter Bladstrom Library are also located at this facility and serve as an on-site educational resource.[5][6]

Training and research[edit]

The facility is open to academic professionals and college-level students for behavioral research opportunities. LCF also hosts field training programs, in which professors and their students utilize the facility and the lemur colony for behavioral observations and research on social dynamics and cognitive skills, as well as habitat use and food selection. These training programs produce future primatologists and conservation biologists which will carry the conservation imperative forward for lemurs and other endangered species and fostering and inspiring conservation based careers is an invaluable part of LCF's mission.

LCF hosts field schools for Colorado College, Eastern Kentucky University, Florida Gulf Coast University, University of Miami, University of North Carolina-Charlotte , and Portland State University. The Lemur Conservation Foundation offers internship opportunities in primate husbandry and research.[3][4]

Madagascar Programs[edit]

The Lemur Conservation Foundation partners with scientists and conservationists on the ground in Madagascar, one of the world's hottest biodiversity hotspots, and the only place where lemurs are found naturally. For ten years, LCF supported the Protected Area of Tampolo. With an EnviroKidz Giving Back program grant, LCF contributed to building a museum and interpretative center, a guesthouse for visiting scientific researchers, and a classroom/community center.

LCF is now supporting Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve (ASSR) and Marojejy National Park which together include 830 square kilometers (320.5 square miles) of mountainous primary rain forest, one of the largest rain forest landscapes in Madagascar. ASSR and Marojejy are also particularly significant because they are home to 11 species of lemur, including the critically endangered silky sifakas. Additionally, ASSR is the only place where both the critically endangered indri and silky sifaka can be observed. Because of both parks' spectacular biodiversity, Marojejy and ASSR were named and nominated, respectively, as World Heritage Sites.

Over a dozen community based conservation programs have been initiated as well as silky sifaka research projects[7][8]

Students carrying notepads follow a group of ring-tailed lemurs walking along a wooden fence.
The LCF has hosted 29 field schools.
A long, single-story, white building with a wooden deck.
The Mianatra Center for Lemur Studies houses the Bladstrom Library and Malcolm C. McKenna Fossil and Bone Study Alcove.
Experts gathered at tables for a meeting.
LCF has hosted the AZA's Prosimian Taxon Advisory Group (PTAG) workshop and meeting.


  1. ^ "Home - The Lemur Conservation Foundation". The Lemur Conservation Foundation. Retrieved 2018-02-26. 
  2. ^ 2016 Annual Report. Lemur Conservation Foundation
  3. ^ a b Adam Davies (2013-09-02). "The Loneliest Lemur on Earth". Sarasota Observer. Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  4. ^ a b "Florida Lemurs". TheEdChannel20. 2017-05-15. Retrieved 2018-06-16. 
  5. ^ Radway, Scott (March 6, 2005). "Scientists study lemurs to learn more about people". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved March 26, 2018. 
  6. ^ Salmond, Jessica (January 27, 2016). "Lemur Reserve Climbs to New Heights". Sarasota Observer. Retrieved March 26, 2018. 
  7. ^ Shaw, Ethan (2017-09-06). "Trouble in Lemur Land: An update on Madagascar's silky sifakas". Mongabay. Retrieved 2018-02-26. 
  8. ^ Mann, Andrew (March 30, 2015). "Chocolate company, NGO work together to save lemurs". Mongabay. Retrieved March 4, 2018. 

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