News from Myakka City and Madagascar | August 2018
We're proud to announce the birth of a mongoose lemurthe second infant born at the reserve this year!

Our newest addition to the LCF colony joined parents Leena and Merced on June 3. This is the fourth infant born to the pair since Leena’s arrival at LCF in 2014. At two months old, he or she is starting to spend more time playing with its parents and beginning to explore its surroundings. As with this year's first arrival, Isabelle , d etermining the sex of an infant lemur takes a little bit of time, and we look forward to updating you when we know if our mongoose infant is a boy or a girl     and can then have a name.
Mongoose lemurs are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN’s Red List with an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild in the immediate future. In addition to their important role in conservation, education, and research, Leena, Merced, and all the lemurs at LCF involved in our managed breeding program serve as a genetic safety net against possible extinction in the wild.
To welcome and celebrate the birth of an endangered mongoose lemur, please donate to help provide care. We depend on support from individuals like you to help us preserve and conserve Madagascar's primates. Your gift of any amount will make a difference. Thank you!
3rd Annual ED-stravaganza
August 25

Are you a teacher or administrator in Sarasota, Manatee, Charlotte or DeSoto county? We’d love to meet you at the EdExploreSRQ ED-stravaganza on Saturday, August 25, from 10am to 2pm at Suncoast Technical College.
LCF is participating in this FREE event and we’re looking forward to sharing information about our Ako Conservation Education Program and other in-class learning experiences. District staff and representatives from Sarasota County Schools, Community Foundation of Sarasota County and Education Foundation of Sarasota County, Inc. will be on hand as well to discuss grant opportunities available to you and your schools. 
2nd Annual Laugh for Lemurs
September 13

Enjoy an evening of laughter and help save lemurs from extinction by joining us at this LCF benefit to support our mission.

Tickets are $25 (cash bar, 2 item minimum) and include a pre-show reception with LCF staff and light appetizers from 5:30pm to 6:30pm followed by comedian Dennis Blair at 7pm. McCurdy's describes Dennis Blair as 'one of the most talented and versatile comedians in show business.' He's performed on The Tonight Show and HBO, and has entertained everywhere from Carnegie Hall in New York to the Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles to the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.

Purchase your tickets here or call the Box Office at (941) 925-FUNY (3869).
We're pleased to announce that we have a new online gift shop . Check out our assortment of retail items. Many are made in Madagascar, and reflect our commitment to supporting the country's local economy.

We're very grateful to our new sponsor, Lemur Bags, and proud to carry the stylish and fun bags in our online and reserve gift shops. They don't stay on our shelves long! So, if you'd like to see more of the selection of drawstring backpacks, bucket bags, shopping totes and duffle bags, visit the Lemur Bags website , too. Lemur Bags generously donates 15% of all profits to lemur conservation efforts, including LCF. Our sincere thanks to Lemur Bags founder Chris Burdick for caring so deeply about saving these primates from extinction.
Chris Burdick, Chief Lemur Lover, Lemur Bags
Tropical Palm Shopping Tote Bag
Silky Sifakas found in unprotected Maherivaratra Forest  

In 2011, based on a tip from local guide Mr. Mosesy, Dr. Erik Patel organized a lemur survey to the Maherivaratra forest (see map below). It would be the most distant forest where they had ever searched for silky sifakas. It’s 25km southeast from the nearest city, Andapa, and three full days of walking from the nearest road.

Several groups of silky sifakas were found but they were inhabiting the most disturbed forest where the species had ever been found. An enormous number of lemur traps were found as well as extensive slash-and-burn agriculture and selective logging. It is an unprotected forest that lies near but well outside the Makira Natural Park. These are the only silky sifakas that have ever been found in a forest with no protected area status.

In June of this year, Dr. Patel’s team returned to this forest to determine if any silky sifakas remained. During the 3-week preliminary mission, one silky sifaka group of five individuals was found. Unfortunately, a tremendous amount of lemur “laly” (snare) traps were found as well as ongoing habitat disturbance. Dr. Patel plans to return in November for a longer mission to find additional silky sifaka groups as well as Varecia which were heard on the 2018 mission and seen in the 2011 mission. The lemurs will likely not survive in this forest much longer, and a long-term strategy for their conservation is being developed.
Below, can you spot the silky sifaka in the Maherivaratra forest? This photo was taken with Garmin Montana 680 handheld GPS units which take decent geo-referenced photos. Due to extensive human hunting, the silkies flee rapidly and are very difficult to track.
Above, map indicating the location of the silky sifaka group (red dot) found in Maherivaratra.