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News from Myakka City and Madagascar | January 2018
Thank you for partnering with us during 2017 to build awareness about the challenges lemurs face as one of the most endangered groups of mammals. We can't advance our mission to save lemurs from extinction without you, our valued friends and supporters. Together we're making a difference!

In the New Year, you can continue to help make a difference by educating family and friends and following us and sharing our work on Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter , or recommending that people subscribe to our newsletter . Thank you!

As we begin designing our 2017 annual report, below please find just a few of our accomplishments from last year. You can view our 2016 annual report celebrating our 20th anniversary, and previous annual reports, by clicking here .
First 2017 baby
Known for producing twins, staff were surprised when ring-tailed lemur Ansell gave birth to only one large, healthy baby on April 1. Foster was the first birth of the year, and Ansell’s 12th infant born at LCF!

How does LCF's managed breeding program help save lemurs from extinction? As a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquarium’s (AZA’s) Species Survival Plan (SSP) Program , LCF helps enhance conservation of lemurs that are endangered in the wild.
First rainforest visit for Malagasy Students
In July, thanks to support from LCF, 10 students from Alliance Française , a French cultural center, spent three days in the mountainous rainforests of Marojejy and a local private reserve, Anolakely.

How do LCF's environmental education programs in Madagascar help save lemurs from extinction? Malagasy students are taught the important role these primates play in ecotourism as flagship species and in the island's ecosystem.
2017 PHE Conference
First Population, Health, and Environment (PHE) Conference
Our Madagascar office hosted the first PHE conference in the SAVA region, helping to improve the health of people and the environment through outreach and education.

How do LCF's community programs in Madagascar help save lemurs from extinction? By partnering with rural forest bordering communities we help alleviate the socio-economic drivers of habitat disturbance through our health, forest monitoring, ecotourism, and reforestation programs.
Born on March 24, 2000, red ruffed lemur ( Varecia rubra ) Tsikey is the oldest of our six red ruffed lemurs at 17 years old. Tsikey was one of four original red ruffed lemurs to arrive at LCF in 2002, and only the 19 th lemur to live on the reserve.

Tsikey currently lives with his mate Ravina and their two rambunctious offspring Afo and Zazabe in one of our building enclosures with forest access via an overhead tunnel. This tunnel allows the family to choose if they want to spend their time at the building or out in the forest. While he is often found meandering through the forest with his family, there is nothing Tsikey enjoys more than a good sun-soaked nap.
Tsikey enjoys a sun-soaked nap.
Thank you to all of our visitors and volunteers who helped make our 2017 Open House in December a great success. Nearly 500 attendees set a new record for us, and their positive feedback about our work was greatly appreciated. We are so grateful to our sponsors for making the event possible:

Our 2017 benefit gala, A Night of Lemur Delight, was a wonderful evening. Our sincere thanks to our generous sponsors and guests, and:

  • Dr. George Amato, Master of Ceremonies
  • Elizabeth Moore, Honorary Chair
  • Dr. Ian Tattersall, Guest Speaker
  • ABC 7 Team Meteorologist John Scalzi, Paddle Raise Emcee
  • Trustee and international singer-songwriter Razia Said, accompanied by Harvey Wirht

In 2016, LCF launched a 3-year, $2.2M capital campaign, Leap for Lemurs , for a desperately needed expansion of our Myakka City, Florida reserve. With nearly 75% raised toward our ambitious goal during our campaign's quiet phase, we're in the final stretch this year and pleased to share our excitement with you.

Why Leap for Lemurs is Needed

Further physical expansion and programmatic exploration is needed so that LCF can advance its urgent mission to help lemurs survive. Our capital campaign will allow us to continue our successful conservation breeding program and foster more scientific research on undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate levels by:

  1. Increasing much-needed forest habitat and shelter for LCF's growing population of endangered lemurs
  2. Providing a veterinary clinic and indoor/outdoor quarantine shelter
  3. Building an on-site maintenance shop
  4. Underwriting operational costs

Our initiatives will also inspire stewardship of the earth's environment and move students and visitors of all ages to develop a greater understanding and appreciation of lemur natural history.

Thank You to Our Capital Campaign Donors

We are extremely grateful for the spectacular generosity of our Board and other leading donors, as well as the tremendous support for our Annual Fund that has helped advance the campaign. We hope that you share in our vision—and excitement—as we move toward the greater preservation and conservation of lemurs.

We look forward to updating you on our campaign progress this year. If you are interested in contributing to Leap for Lemurs or wish to learn more, please c ontact Tora Buttaro, Director of Development, at or (941) 322-8494.
The Lemur Conservation Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.