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News from Myakka City and Madagascar | May 2018
We are incredibly grateful to you, our supporters and friends, for making the 2018 Giving Challenge an incredible success. Thank you for your gifts and outreach—sharing our emails and Facebook , Twitter and Instagram posts to build awareness about and increase compassion and support for lemurs!
With nearly $12,400 raised through individual gifts, you more than doubled 2016 Giving Challenge donations! With the amazing match of $11,531 from The Patterson Foundation , for which we are so thankful, we set a record of almost $24,000 this year.

Our sincere thanks to the Community Foundation of Sarasota County for presenting this wonderful and exciting giving opportunity. We look forward to keeping you updated about the impact of your support to help save lemurs from extinction.
LEMUR SPOTLIGHT: ANSELL
Ring-tailed lemur Ansell, the matriarch of our largest free-ranging ring-tailed lemur group, enjoyed a happy Mother's Day.
 
Ansell and her brother Molson came to LCF from Jardin Zoologique du Quebec in 2007 on breeding recommendations. Despite the big weather differences between Florida and Canada, Ansell adapted quickly and often doesn’t bother to utilize her forest shelter. Instead she is most often found sunbathing in the trees during the winter, or splayed out in the shade during the summer.  
 
Since her arrival, Ansell has given birth to 12 offspring, including four sets of twins, with her partner Yuengling. Ansell is a superior mother, protecting and caring for her offspring from birth, often into their young adult years. You can now find two of Ansell’s sons, Harp and Moose, with families of their own at the Bronx Zoo and Staten Island Zoo respectively.

Pictured from left to right: Goose, Moose, Ansell and infant twins Abner and Otter.
NEWS FROM MADAGASCAR
YE photo from Erik
Dr. Erik Patel , LCF’s Conservation and Research Director, is currently in Madagascar through June and recently participated in the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List Meeting in Antananarivo. During this meeting the status of all lemur species is assessed and updates to the Lemur Action Plan begin. Unfortunately, news out of the meeting is that all sifaka species, like silky sifaka "AF" (Antenna Female) pictured and featured in our February 2018 E-News, will be listed as critically endangered. We will keep you updated about the results of the meeting.
REMEMBERING DR. ALISON JOLLY
On May 9, we celebrated the birthday of the late Dr. Alison Jolly. A distinguished primatologist, she was known for her groundbreaking field research on the behavior of the ring-tailed lemur, which was one of the first studies of lemurs in the wild. She discovered that this species and, as it turned out, other lemur species demonstrate female dominance over males, rocking the long-held idea of male dominance across all primate species.

Throughout her 50+ year career, Dr. Jolly not only continued her research on lemurs but also became a champion of lemur conservation. Recognizing the importance of connecting children with nature, Dr. Jolly and illustrator Deborah Ross created the Ako the Aye-Aye lemur storybooks. The bilingual picture books, translated by Dr. Hantanirina Rasamimanana, feature different lemur characters and highlight the biodiversity of Madagascar.
Dr. Jolly, left, pictured with LCF Founder Penelope Bodry-Sanders. Thanks to funding by Nature’s Path EnviroKidz, the Jolly family, UNICEF, the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation, the McCrae Conservation and Education Fund, and LCF, the Ako Project has developed into an international environmental education program.
Today, we are proud to continue Dr. Jolly’s Ako Project with additional environmental education materials. The 21 standards-aligned lessons and accompanying educator’s guide are designed to be used by teachers and zoo educators, with each activity featuring characters and themes from the Ako book series. The Lemur Conservation Foundation’s partnership with Nature's Path EnviroKidz makes it possible to provide educators with all-inclusive Ako Conservation Education Kits. Each kit includes all six of Dr. Jolly’s children’s books and the educational materials needed for global conservation education.

For more information on how to get involved with the Ako Conservation Education Program, visit our website by clicking here and read on to learn about our new Education Manager & Keeper Katie Virun.
What happens when a lemur just wants to play?
What if you're a very small lemur with very big dreams?
Can you figure out what Tik-Tik's lemur sounds mean?
How will No-song learn to make sounds like the other forest animals?
Meet the creatures this lemur encounters after a bounce into a tsingy crevice.
How will these lemur twins survive after falling from their tree?
A Malagasy classroom enjoying lessons about lemurs from the Ako series.
STAFF NEWS
Congratulations to Katie Virun , LCF's new Education Manager & Keeper.

In her first two years as a full-time keeper tending to the lemurs at the reserve, Katie developed a passion for community outreach and education. She started by inspiring a love of lemurs through Ako Storytime readings for children at local public libraries which has now developed into formal school classroom visits and event presentations.

Katie looks forward to further expanding the Ako Conservation Education Program and developing opportunities for teachers and students to learn about lemurs and their delicate environments in Madagascar. For inquiries, contact Katie at kvirun@lemurreserve.org .
IN MEMORY OF PINOT
We are deeply saddened to announce the recent passing of common brown lemur (Eulemur fulvus)  Pinot. Diagnosed with a liver tumor in October 2016, Pinot was given a prognosis of living about six months. With the daily care of LCF’s dedicated staff, Pinot thrived for another 18 months before his health took a severe turn and staff made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him.
 
Born in 1997, Pinot lived a quiet life here at LCF with his partner Shiraz after being confiscated in 2006 from a private owner due to deplorable living conditions. The pair was joined by their four sons Malbec, Muga, Merlot, and Zinfandel.
 
Pinot was an extremely sweet and gentle lemur in his older years, easily interested in keeper activity and always attracted to the day’s enrichment. With a distinct hobbling gait as a result of his early years, Pinot was easy to spot as he ran across his enclosure eagerly awaiting his afternoon fruit. During his down time, Pinotcould most often be found cuddling with Shiraz or sitting casually by his most recent BFF, ring-tailed lemur Medella.
 
Pinot was truly loved by the LCF staff and will be greatly missed.