News from Myakka City & Madagascar | November 2018
Since introducing you to the second lemur infant born on the reserve this year, we're excited to share this update: it's a boy and he has a name! Since his arrival on June 3, this little lemur has been a momma’s boy, making it very hard to determine his gender until recently. After considering many possibilities to continue our Spanish theme for mongoose lemur names, the staff has named him Julio, meaning ‘soft-haired’.
We are pleased to announce the Lemur Conservation Foundation’s 2019 Lemur Gala, Red Ruffs & Roses, will take place Thursday, February 7, at 6pm at Michael’s On East in Sarasota.

We hope you will join us for this wonderful event. Proceeds are vital to the conservation of some of the world’s most endangered species. Your contribution reflects your participation in our mission to save lemurs and the forests in which they live through managed breeding, scientific research, education and art here in Sarasota, as well as support of communities in Madagascar that share the lemurs’ shrinking habitat.

We are extremely grateful to this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Diane Ledder , for her work to save and protect these fascinating animals and invite you to join in partnering with the Lemur Conservation Foundation to save lemurs from extinction.

We hope you will be able to share this amazing evening with us, our guest speaker and world-renowned conservationist Dr. Thomas Lovejoy , and others who share your commitment to our planet and its wildlife.


Co-Chairs: Scott D. Riviere, LCF Chair, and Penelope Bodry-Sanders, LCF Founder & Vice-Chair | Ann Fries, Diane Ledder, Juliet McGhie, Patrice Pantello, Carole Wennik, Charlene Wolff

Sponsorship Opportunities

Click here for the Red Ruffs & Roses Sponsorship Packet or contact Tora Buttaro at or (941) 812-3233. Additionally, you may make your reservation online here .
The artwork for the 2019 Lemur Gala, Red Ruffs & Roses, is a painting by LCF Trustee and artist Katharine L. McKenna . Part of LCF's permanent art collection, it is displayed in the Ann & Walter Bladstrom Library in our Mianatra Center for Lemur Studies.

McKenna's work beautifully represents the stunning and agile red ruffed lemurs at the LCF reserve, like the one pictured above, high in the tree tops of its protected forest.

This species is featured for our 2019 Lemur Gala to bring attention to its Critically Endangered conservation status ( IUCN Red List ). LCF is working to preserve and conserve red ruffed lemurs through its managed breeding program and efforts to increase awareness about the threats the species is facing in Madagascar. Red Ruffs & Roses supporters will contribute greatly to advancing LCF's mission to save Madagascar's primates and their diminishing habitats.

LCF enthusiastically supported World Lemur Festival celebrations both in the United States and across the world in Madagascar.

On October 13, LCF and Ringling College of Art and Design (RCAD) partnered to host the festivities in Sarasota for the very first time. We would like to express our immense gratitude to the RCAD Alfred R. Goldstein Library for hosting the event and collaborators Kristina Keogh, Andrew Wang, George Cwirko-Godycki, Rebecca Zomchek, Mark Ormond, and Stephanie Lederer and all of the talented students and faculty who participated in the exhibition and as event volunteers.
The local community enjoyed a fun-filled, educational day building awareness about and celebrating lemurs through this free, family-friendly event. Highlights throughout the day included a juried lemur art exhibition by Ringling College students and faculty, a lemur costume contest, and a variety of educational conservation activities.
Children's activities included lemur-themed coloring and drawing
RCAD student volunteers
Rebecca Zomchek and George Cwirko-Godycki
Thank you to LCF volunteers
LCF volunteers and staff in lemur costumes
1st Place Winner, Lemur Costume Contest
LCF congratulated Tara Norton for winning the title Lemur Artist of the Year. Experts Dr. Alison Grand and Dr. Erik Patel of the Lemur Conservation Foundation gave an inspiring talk about the “Art & Science of Saving Lemurs.” Guests learned about lemurs through educational activities and tried samples of Leapin’ Lemurs cereal and granola bars made by Nature’s Path EnviroKidz —a company dedicated to sustainability and our partner in global conservation education. 
1st Place Winner Tara Norton, Lemur Artist of the Year
Dr. Alison Grand, 2nd Place Winner Dion MBD, and Diane Ledder
Caitlin Kenney and 3rd Place Winner Carly Tummillo
Honorable Mention Alex Shalis
Honorable Mention Emily Cyr
Mark Ormond, event illustrator Megan Rose Ruiz, and Penelope Bodry-Sanders
Additionally, the annual World Lemur Festival held in Andapa, Madagascar on October 31 was a huge success with more than 300 people participating this year. The Festival began with a large parade with many groups (students, environment and women's clubs, and more) dressed in lemur themes.
This year LCF incorporated several proactive conservation activities into the festivities such as distributing ADES fuel-efficient stoves, which are in high demand. City hall bustled with great activities including a dance competition, lemur art contests, poetry/story contests, question and answer sessions about lemurs, and finally a showing of the BBC Film in Malagasy (“Nosy Mahagaga”). There were refreshments and prizes for the children.
Dance competition
LCF selling ADES stoves
The event was a collaborative effort made possible by organizations dedicated to the continued support of lemur conservation. The primary sponsors of the event were Lemur Conservation Foundation, Madagascar National Parks, World Wildlife Fund, Wildlife Conservation Society, Duke Lemur Center, and a number of other local organizations.

The Lemur Conservation Foundation looks forward to reflecting on the successes of the 2018 World Lemur Festivals and building momentum for next year.  

We are deeply saddened to announce the recent passing of collared brown lemur ( Eulemur collaris ) Jacques. Jacques began having difficulties with arthritis in 2014 and with liver disease in 2015. With the daily care of LCF’s dedicated staff, a customized arthritis-friendly enclosure, and the companionship of his long-time partner Lucy, Jacques thrived for another 3 years before his health took a severe turn and staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him.
Born in 1994, Jacques lived a quiet life here at LCF with his partner Lucy following their arrival in 2012. Known for his stubborn refusal to eat his medicine if it wasn’t prepared just right, Jacques was nevertheless a sweet and gentle lemur in his older years. Following the recent introduction of two young ring-tailed lemur females into the enclosure, Jacques gained a new lease on life, walking around the enclosure more, stealing food from all the girls, and even showing interest in training sessions. During his down time, Jacques was most often found relaxing with Lucy on one of their arthritis-friendly dog beds, or reclining in his favorite basket.
Jacques was truly loved by the LCF staff and will be greatly missed.