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News from Myakka City and Madagascar | June 2018
In case you missed our recent birth announcement, we're thrilled to share the news again: LCF welcomed an infant lemur at the reserve on April 16!
And now we can share that it's a girl! Our endangered collared lemur ( Eulemur collaris )—the first collared lemur born at LCF in six years—was born to Jolene, a first-time mother, and Antoine, an experienced father. As Jolene’s baby started to spend more time exploring and playing, the staff were able to sex the two-month old infant and are excited to share we have a girl! After considering many possibilities to continue our French theme for collared lemur names, the staff have chosen the name Isabelle.
In November 2000, LCF received its first Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) Species Survival Plan (SSP) breeding recommendation for mongoose lemurs, officially starting our managed breeding program with the arrival of two mongoose lemurs, and welcoming the reserve's first offspring in April 2002.
Since then, more than 60 infants of six different species have been born on the reserve. As an AZA SSP breeding recommendation, Jolene arrived at the reserve from the Bronx Zoo in 2016. LCF plays a critical role in maintaining a genetic safety net for lemurs that are otherwise threatened with extinction in the wild.
To welcome Isabelle and celebrate the birth of an endangered collared lemur, please donate to help provide care for her. We depend on support from conservationists like you to help us preserve and conserve Madagascar's primates. Your gift of any amount will make a difference. Thank you!
Three ring-tailed lemurs recently set out from LCF to new homes. Darwin made his way up the east coast to Cape May County Zoo in New Jersey, while sisters Blue and Martinelli trekked all the way to Wildlife Safari in Oregon. All three transfers were recommended by the AZA SSP for ring-tailed lemurs. The LCF staff will miss the trio dearly, but we send them with love and well-wishes to the next chapter of their lives.
It's a busy time on our Myakka City reserve, not only for AZA SSP lemur births and transfers! LCF'S 3-year, $2.2M capital campaign, Leap for Lemurs , was launched in 2016 for a much-needed reserve expansion to accommodate our vital breeding program and enhance free-ranging habitat for our colony of 50+ lemurs.

Contractors are making progress with a forest division to create an additional habitat, the Elizabeth Moore Forest, made possible with generous support from board member and conservationist Elizabeth Moore . As seen in these photos, our lemurs enjoy free-ranging and climbing trees in our reserve's forests, where researchers can also study their natural behaviors.
Upper left: The forest before the controlled burn and work began on the division.
The divided forest with fencing going up around the two new perimeters.
We are very grateful to longtime and dedicated LCF volunteer Evan Near and his father, John Near, and uncle, Ron Near. They've been building aerial trails to give our lemurs access to the Elizabeth Moore Forest from an existing and future shelter. (The latter, another component of the Leap for Lemurs campaign, is in the pre-construction stage.)
Evan Near (left) and Ron Near (right)
John Near
Ring-tailed lemurs use an aerial trail to access a reserve forest.
An example of how an aerial trail connects from a lemur shelter to an LCF forest.
We are 82% toward achieving our ambitious $2.2M goal and extremely grateful to our supporters. To learn how you can help us make the final leap to our goal before the Leap for Lemurs campaign concludes at year-end, please contact Tora Buttaro, Director of Development, at or (941) 812-3233.
Dr. Erik Patel, LCF Conservation and Research Director, has just returned after spending nearly eight weeks in Madagascar. Enjoy these brief updates, and we look forward to providing you with more news about the impact of our on-the-ground work to save lemurs on their ancestral island.
Welcome, Arnaud Harisaina
Dr. Patel (middle) is pictured with Arnaud Harisaina, Assistant Madagascar Program Manager (left), and Louis ‘Joxe’ Jaofeno, Madagascar Program Manager (right). Arnaud joined our team this year to assist with implementing LCF programs in reforestation, conservation education, sustainable agriculture and fresh water fish farming, the distribution of fuel-efficient stoves, and family planning.

Arnaud is not only from the SAVA region (fluent in local dialect) but has completed his undergraduate university degree (top of his class), is fluent in English and French, and has worked with foreign researchers. Welcome, Arnaud!
First Trip to the Rainforest by Malagasy Students
Four LCF-sponsored class trips to Camp Indri in Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve (ASSR) with students and teachers from Befingotra village took place during April and May. In total, 52 students enjoyed three days deep in the rainforest.

During these educational visits, students learn about much of the fauna and flora, including critically endangered indri and silky sifakas, and take notes. None of these students had ever visited the park before, though they live nearby.
Indri (photo by Jeff Gibbs)
Silky sifaka (photo by Erik Patel)
Environmental education is a key aspect of our in-situ conservation work in the SAVA reagion. Another four trips to Marojejy National Park are planned towards the end of the year.

Here are photos and students' impressions from the third trip. These LCF-sponsored class trips provide Malagasy youth with their first rainforest experience, learning about and gaining appreciation for the importance of lemurs.
'I learned about the environment and conservation. Favorite activities were lessons about indris and white fronted brown lemurs. I learned about the damage caused by cutting trees. If the forest is destroyed there will be no water and burning the forest causes air pollution which is bad for health. The indri is my favorite because they will bring tourists.'
'I enjoyed the visit because I have learned that we are lucky for the nature that we have since it exists nowhere else and indri is only found in Madagascar. Favorite activities were learning about protection of environment and the idea of educating more people in my village to protect the environment.'
'I have learned lots of things which I could never have learned in the village. Favorite activities were learning how to protect and conserve the environment. I have learned more about environmental education that I am going to share with students who did not have a chance to go. Indri is my favorite but also white fronted brown lemurs because they help with reforestation.'