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News from Myakka City and Madagascar | February 2018
Why do we love you? Let us count just a few of the ways. We love you because:

  1. You know what a lemur is (some people don't—see reason #2).
  2. You're helping to educate your friends, family, neighbors and co-workers about lemurs and their importance as our oldest ancestors.
  3. You want to make a difference about how critically endangered these primates are in Madagascar, so they don't become extinct in our lifetime.
  4. You know that a photo of LCF lemurs encountering a giant frog holding a heart in one of our forests means only one thing: enrichment! We're loving memories from this special Valentine's Day for our primates in 2014. If you know how best this frog enriched our residents' lives, well, that's reason #5 why we love you! Thinking about it? No, you've got this: they used their natural behaviors to mark their scent on the frog, and, then, when it was shared with other lemurs in our forests and enclosures, they used their incredible noses to smell and get to know their lemur neighbors.

You fill our hearts with gladness.
LCF pictured with two infants. (Photo by Jeff Gibbs)
Meet Antenna Female, our most beloved silky sifaka lemur from one of LCF’s three long-term monitoring groups in northeastern Madagascar.

Nicknamed AF, she was originally the only silky sifaka in her group to wear a radio collar to track her in the rainforest, hence her name. Now, fully habituated to researchers, she no longer wears it but her name continues to be a term of endearment.

AF rules our main study group at Camp 2 of Marojejy National Park, which LCF is working to protect. She's been in the group since 2001, when Dr. Erik Patel began his doctoral research on this species. Once nine, the size of her group is down to four: a new adult male, AF, her adult daughter MT ("black hands" in Malagasy), and her infant.

She is estimated to be in her mid-twenties. Despite her advanced age (life expectancy is about 30), she gave birth to her infant just last year. Read the full story
We’re very grateful to volunteer Luke Santore who spent two weeks at the reserve assisting Mark Fazzone, LCF’s Reserve Manager. Luke traveled from Missoula, Montana, where he works as a wildland firefighter and EMT, to lend valuable skills helping to maintain the lemurs’ forests.

“Luke instructed me how to safely identify and remove potentially hazardous trees from our forests. His expertise was greatly appreciated!” said Mark. “I hope Luke can visit next year! It’s folks like Luke, willing to give a part of themselves, that really sets our support network here at LCF apart from other places.”

Luke has been a friend of LCF since his childhood, and, having volunteered two additional times in the past eight years, he was impressed by our growth and plans for expansion with the Leap for Lemurs campaign. Artwork by his father, New York City-based artist Joseph Santore , is on display in the Mianatra Center for Lemur Studies and featured on our bookmarks.
Q: How many lemurs live at the Myakka City reserve?
A: Over 50! Learn more

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Through an outstanding gift from Board member Elizabeth Moore to the Leap for Lemurs campaign, we are able to move forward on a much-needed forest habitat expansion for our colony of lemurs. Trees have been cleared and the fencing is going up to divide the North Forest in two, allowing for a total of three free-ranging lemur habitats and at least three additional lemur groups to live in a naturalistic and enriching environment.

This is an exciting time as the LCF reserve continues and needs to grow to advance our mission to save lemurs from extinction. We've grown steadily since 1996, rising from a single blue pump on 40 acres of vacant land to 130 acres encompassing facilities and fenced-in forests. We're extremely grateful to our supporters and pleased to share our progress with all of our friends. Read more
We're pleased to welcome to the reserve and back to Florida Mark Fazzone , LCF's new Reserve Manager, and his wife, Marie Fazzone , our new Office Manager—most recently from California. (We welcome their two dogs, too, who join Nacho and Delilah . Harley is pictured with Marie and Mark.)

Mark, Marie and their dogs live in the reserve's Caretaker's Cottage, made possible through the generosity of Emily Fisher. We're delighted that they are here, and grateful for Mark's know-how and 24/7, beyond-the-call dedication. And, with their love of the lemurs and wildlife, they're a perfect fit for our LCF family.
The Lemur Conservation Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
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