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News from Myakka City and Madagascar | April 2018
LCF Friends and Supporters,

Thank you for subscribing to our E-News. In this issue, don't miss the indri "song" recorded in Madagascar by Dr. Erik Patel, LCF Conservation and Research Director. And, see how LCF can help you take action on Earth Day, April 22.

This month, it's my pleasure to briefly update you about exciting progress made during the first quarter of 2018 toward the expansion of our reserve. I wish to express my immense gratitude to our Leap for Lemurs campaign supporters for making this possible.
Leap for Lemurs is named for our resident primates who love to leap through the treetops in our forests. Here, red ruffed lemurs bound through the canopy.
When the lemurs aren't leaping from tree to tree, they enjoy hanging around and snacking on branches in their forests. Did you know they can't hang from their tails?
In February, we shared news about work that began to divide the reserve's North Forest in two. Trees were cleared and new fencing continues to be installed around the new perimeters. LCF is very grateful to Elizabeth Moore for making possible this exciting and integral project.

In March, with our lemurs safe and sound in their shelters, we completed a controlled burn to clear overgrowth, help our forest maintain biological diversity and balance, and prevent wildfires. The pine flatwoods ecosystem of the North Forest is fire-dependent and requires fire for regeneration and growth.
Aerial view of the LCF reserve as it looks now. North Forest is pictured at top left.
Reserve expansion with the North Forest division pictured in the bottom left
LCF is grateful to the Florida Forest Service-Myakka River District for managing the burn and keeping us safe.
Before the controlled burn, the new fencing installation began for the North Forest division.
With major support from Judy Rasmuson, John Alexander, and Emily Fisher, we began construction plans for the desperately-needed third lemur shelter. Judy also provided funding for a much-needed maintenance shop to help maintain our 130 acres. See the Nuts and Bolts piece by LCF Reserve Manager Mark Fazzone to learn more about the structure.
When the North Forest division is completed, even more lemurs will enjoy leaping through the treetops at LCF's reserve.
LCF's managed breeding program is in need of a third shelter to continue providing a safety net for lemurs, one of the most endangered groups of mammals.
Leap for Lemurs is at 76% toward its ambitious goal of $2.2 million. Please partner with us to expand the reserve and advance our mission. Your gift of any amount will contribute to its success. Funding opportunities include the new shelter and aerial trails to provide LCF's lemurs with access to our forests. Contact Tora Buttaro, LCF Director of Development, at (941) 322-8494 or .

I look forward to providing you with more updates in the coming months.
Warm regards,
Alison Grand, Ph.D.
Executive Director
Lemur Conservation Foundation
Since LCF completed development of Camp Indri, the only tourist or research camp in Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve (ASSR), the number of visitors doubled from 15 in 2016 to 30 in 2017. Structures include The Emily Fisher Dining Pavilion with a kitchen and running water, tent shelters, a covered picnic area, and a toilet building. The reserve and the camp are officially managed by Madagascar National Parks (Andapa branch). Visits can be organized by several local tour operators or independently. For additional information, visit the ASSR website by clicking here .
Several groups of critically endangered indri (the largest and most vocal lemurs) and one group of silky sifakas (one of the rarest lemurs) are found close to Camp Indri. This remarkable video of Indri “song” was recorded just 10 minutes from the camp. 
One of four tent shelters.
New covered picnic area.
The Emily Fisher Dining Pavilion.
Toilet building.
On April 22, celebrate our planet by joining forces with LCF and over one billion people around the world taking steps to End Plastic Pollution , the theme of this year's Earth Day Network global event. Two ways that we're demonstrating our commitment are with our water bottles and reusable totes.
LCF staff doing our part for Earth Day 2018 —and every day— Tiffany Hudson, Keeper, Shannon McCabe, Intern, Katie Virun, Education Manager & Keeper, and Tora Buttaro, Director of Development.
Marie Fazzone, Office Manager, pictured in the Anne and Walter Bladstrom Library at LCF's Mianatra Center for Lemur Studies, is ready for April 22. How will you take action to protect the planet?
Lemur Conservation Foundation
Reusable Tote

Our resident LCF quality assurance inspector gives this bag two opposable thumbs up! With a vibrant watercolor design by artist Kathy Ruttenberg , this attention-catching recycled tote bag highlights several species of charismatic lemurs from Madagascar inside and out. Using the bag helps protect the planet and builds awareness about LCF's work to save lemurs from extinction. This heavy duty tote measures 19" x 14" x 8" and is a convenient way to carry your groceries with style.

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Lemur Conservation Foundation
Water Bottle

Swing into action on Earth Day by purchasing LCF's water bottle made for the outdoors! Its 25-ounce aluminum, BPA-free, leakproof design also features rounded corners, a flip-top straw and Carabiner clip cap for ultimate portability. Your ideal "green" hydration companion for those long days at the ballpark or a full day on the beach or trail. Non-porous to help eliminate bacteria buildup, unwanted odors and lingering flavors. Hand wash with warm soap and water, do not microwave.

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Mark Fazzone, LCF Reserve Manager, shares his unique perspective and experiences in this feature that will be appearing in our E-News.

Since joining the LCF family several months ago, I’ve had the opportunity to see how our benefactors have helped shape this little piece of heaven in Myakka City. I’m in awe when I look around and see how our supporters have helped turn the vision of LCF Founder Penelope Bodry-Sanders into such an important reality.
Often seen making the rounds of the 130-acre reserve in LCF's truck, Mark Fazzone also relies on this mode of transportation for smaller jobs.
The equipment housed in the new maintenance shop will include tools used by Mark Fazzone to keep the lemurs' shelters in good repair.
Over the years, so many incredible people have given of themselves and their resources to make all of this happen. That commitment continues and, as a result, the care that LCF is providing for the lemurs on the reserve and the influence we are able to wield half a world away to conserve and protect these primates in Madagascar is something very special.

Today I’d like to thank one of these folks in particular. LCF Board Member Judy Rasmuson is making a huge impact on my job supporting the lemur staff and keeping our grounds and facilities in top shape. She has generously supported a need for a maintenance building to provide a space to work and keep our tools and equipment secure and out of the harsh Florida weather. The building will be of steel construction and provide 1,200 sf of enclosed space, as well as a covered storage area for our tractor and larger equipment.

Thank you, Judy, for your ongoing generosity and helping to advance LCF’s mission to preserve and conserve the lemurs of Madagascar.

Show your love for lemurs during the 24-hour "Be The One" 2018 Giving Challenge May 1-2, noon to noon. We're excited to participate in this community-wide event.

Presented by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County with giving strengthened by The Patterson Foundation, you can double your impact!

The Patterson Foundation will provide a 1:1 match for all unique donations of $25 to $100 per donor, per organization.

“Be The One” is inspired by the Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s belief that each one of us has the potential to impact a person, a cause, a community.