News from Myakka City & Madagascar | October 2018
It's this Saturday, October 13—our first World Lemur Festival! Join us for this exciting, FREE event all about lemurs.

Alfred R. Goldstein Library
Ringling College of Art and Design
2700 Bradenton Road, Sarasota

Saturday, October 13, 11am to 3pm

The World Lemur Festival is a series of international events held throughout the world in October to celebrate lemurs and raise awareness for lemur conservation. The Lemur Conservation Foundation is proud to partner with RCAD to bring this family friendly international celebration to Sarasota, Florida. 

A few of the highlights include:

  • Lemur costume contest: dress up as your favorite lemur—winners announced at 2pm

  • Juried Art Contest and Exhibition: lemur-themed artwork by students and faculty—winners announced at 2:30pm

  • Fun and educational conservation activities for all ages: face painting, coloring, games and more!

  • Film screenings

Alaotra - 11am; from Dorcon Film: ' A group of European and Malagasy researchers and conservationists want to save the last of the rare Alaotra Bamboo Lemur - called "Bandro" - in Madagascar. '

MadagaSCARS - 1pm; a poignant five minute flash animation created by artist Camille Wainer in collaboration with the Lemur Conservation Foundation that captures the urgent environmental and social issues that threaten the future of wildlife and humans on the island of Madagascar.

Trouble in Lemur Land - 1:15pm; from Earth Touch: ' Earth Touch cameras followed primatologist Dr. Erik Patel and his team into the wilds of northeastern Madagascar to document his fieldwork on the rare silky sifaka, a large, white lemur restricted to a small range in the primary rainforests of the island's rugged massifs. The resulting documentary ... showcases some of the very best footage ever captured of these elusive primates, less than 2,000 of which still survive on the island. '

  • Expert talk: The Art and Science of Saving Lemurs with Dr. Alison Grand, LCF Executive Director, and Dr. Erik Patel, LCF Conservation and Research Director, at 12:00pm

Did you know the tail of a ring-tailed lemur is much longer than its body? Lemurs primarily use their long tails for balance as they climb and jump through their environment. They do not have prehensile tails, a trait that allows monkeys to grasp objects with or hang from their tails.

In addition to balance in the trees, ring-tailed lemurs also use their tails while traveling on the ground keeping them raised vertically in the air, like flags, to help keep the group together.

These ring-tailed lemurs seem happy to demonstrate their tails in action as they range freely in one of our reserve's protected forests.

Learn about the fascinating aye-aye in the post Madagascar Superstitions & Taboos: Fighting the Aye-Aye Fady contributed to #FolkloreThursday by LCF Education Manager & Keeper Katie Virun .

An excerpt from the post:
'Through a combination of bizarre physical features and a naturally secretive lifestyle, aye-ayes have become  fady  to the people of Madagascar which roughly translates as “taboo.” In some regions of Madagascar, the mere sight of an aye-aye is enough to fill locals with horror and dread, oftentimes leading to the needless slaughter of these peculiar creatures. With solid education programs, the Lemur Conservation Foundation battles against the aye-aye fady to protect the lemurs of Madagascar.'
We recently completed our semi-annual inventory of trees in LCF's three main nurseries near Marojejy National Park and Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve. Currently we have raised approximately 10,300 seedlings in the Anolakely, Antanetiambo, and Befingotra tree nurseries. Actual planting will not occur until the rainy season in January, and by that time, we expect to have nearly 15,000 trees ready for planting, which is more than double last year. Two new additional nurseries are in development with Graine de Vie.
Anolakely Nursery
Antanetiambo Nursery
Cloves - Befingotra Nursery
Hintsia, orange, corosol - Befingotra Nursery
We’re extremely grateful to our supporters who joined us for our 2nd Annual Laugh for Lemurs event September 13th at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre in Sarasota. Nearly 90 friends turned out for this fun evening, raising over $2,000 and partnering with LCF to help to save lemurs. Thank you!

After a private reception for our guests, Dr. Alison Grand, LCF Executive Director, provided a brief update about our work at the reserve and in Madagascar with photos from our programs in managed breeding, scientific research, education, and art. She also shared the EnviroKidz Are Saving the Planet video filmed at the reserve this summer by our generous sponsor Nature’s Path .

Multi-talented comedian and musician Dennis Blair provided endless laughs and wonderful entertainment, also contributing to the success of the event. Our sincere thanks, too, to Pam and Les McCurdy and the staff at McCurdy’s Comedy Theatre.