Mongoose Lemur Kikeli Gives Birth

Congratulations! Staff was happily surprised on Easter Sunday, March 27th, when mongoose lemur Kikeli gave birth to a healthy infant! After three weeks baby is already climbing around on mom and investigating its surroundings, including dad Felix and older brother Mateo. While the baby’s curiosity has it moving around more, Kikeli is quick to protect it from possible threats including nosy big brothers and wayward leaves.

Mongoose lemurs are listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN’s Red List with an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild in the immediate future. In addition to their important role in conservation, education, and research, Kikeli, Felix, and all the mongoose lemurs at LCF involved in our managed breeding program function as a genetic safety net against possible extinction in the wild.

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LCF’s First Birth of 2016

The Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) is proud to announce their first birth of the 2016 season- ring-tailed lemur twins! Ring-tailed lemur matriarch Ansell gave birth to two healthy babies on March 20th. These infants mark Ansell’s fourth set of twins in a row! Generally ring-tailed lemurs give birth to one offspring, but twins are possible when ample food is present, as it is in managed populations.

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Ansell and the infants, along with father Yuengling and five older siblings- Rogue, Allagash, Duffy, Goose, and Darwin- are living in one of LCF’s semi-free ranging forests, allowing them to live as naturally as possible.

The ring-tailed lemur is listed as ‘Endangered’ on the IUCN Red List with a very high risk of extinction in the wild in the near future. LCF works with multiple Species Survival Plans (SSPs) to manage its breeding program and is the home of 51 lemurs, including 17 ring-tailed lemurs. Unlike a zoo, LCF is not open to the general public. Interested viewers are encouraged to monitor LCF’s social media channels for updates on these infants and the rest of their lemur colony.

Ikoto’s #Feature Friday

This week’s ‪#‎FeatureFriday‬ is Ikoto! Ikoto (i-coo-too) is a Sanford’s Brown Lemur, the last male Sanford’s Brown lemur in captivity. Ikoto was once one of the best free-ranging lemurs at LCF. Now at 24 years old and completely deaf, Ikoto is living the spoiled life in one of our traditional building enclosures with indoor/outdoor access.

Despite his deafness, Ikoto is one of our most vocal lemurs, always letting out a loud croak when he thinks his food isn’t being delivered fast enough. With his long, flowing mane and velvety nose, Ikoto is one of our most handsome lemurs. He now lives with in a bachelor group with his friend Merlot, a Common brown lemur. The pair can often be found curled up in the sun or talking to their neighbors.

LCF researcher presents thesis

Congratulations to Jessi Rowley for successfully defending her New College of Florida thesis on the activity, home range, and diet of LCF’s semi-free ranging lemurs. Jessi was a research student at LCF for over a year, collecting the data needed for the fulfillment of her research project. Her results gave us a better understanding of how our free-ranging lemurs spend their time and what they’re eating in our forests. Thanks, Jessi, for all your hard work!IMG_0019IMG_0022

Happy #FeatureFriday

Say hello to Common Brown Lemur Pinot, this week’s ‪#‎FeatureFriday‬! Pinot was born in 1997 making him 18 years old. Pinot lives a quiet life on the reserve with his mate Shiraz after being rescued from the pet trade. Shiraz and Pinot are also joined here at LCF by their 4 sons Malbec, Merlot, Muga and Zinfandel.

Pinot can often be found cuddled up with Shiraz or exploring the new enrichment items that are given to him daily.

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To learn more about lemurs visit our website: www.lemurreserve.org

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It’s #WILDWED at Lemur Conservation Foundation!

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Each Wednesday we join over 100 of our Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) colleagues to promote awareness about endangered species, programs, and opportunities to engage with an AZA facility near you.   Today it is LCF’s turn to ‘share!’
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Elena Krapcheva of Madly Video Production made this short video at LCF for our contribution to #WildWed.  CLICK HERE to watch the video on YouTube, or follow us and our AZA friends on Facebook and Twitter – look for your local zoo and aquarium!

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In the video you will see lemurs as they leap and explore their forest habitat at LCF in sunny Myakka City, Florida. The multispecies habitats give the lemurs a naturalistic environment where they can leap from tree to tree, climb around in the canopy, forage for leaves and of course play!

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About Lemur Conservation Foundation: Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) was established in 1996 by Penelope Bodry-Sanders. LCF is a leader in the conservation and preservation of the primates of Madagascar through programs dedicated to observation oriented research, education, and lemur propagation, with a commitment to infuse art into all of our mission programs. LCF is an American Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited private, 100-acre facility based in Myakka City, Florida. Our current lemur population representing six species thrives in naturalistic free ranging habitats ranging in size from 9 to 13 acres, and smaller enclosures for animals in need of a more specialized environment. LCF is a respected voice for science, conservation, education, art, and lemurs, the iconic image of the conservation challenges and environmental stewardship facing Madagascar and the world.

Learn more about lemurs on our website www.lemurreserve.org

Tails From Myakka City: Mongoose Lemur Habitat

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Did you know? Mongoose lemurs (Eulemur mongoz)are one of only two lemur species found outside of Madagascar.

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Mongoose lemurs can be found in the Comoros islands of Moheli and Anjouan as well as in northwestern Madagascar.  Their natural habitat is tropical dry deciduous forest but they can also survive well in secondary forest.

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Here at Lemur Conservation Foundation, the mongoose lemurs avoid the tall slash pines and instead move extensively through the live and laurel oaks and the secondary canopy of wax myrtle and gall berry.

About Lemur Conservation Foundation: Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) was established in 1996 by Penelope Bodry-Sanders. LCF is a leader in the conservation and preservation of the primates of Madagascar through programs dedicated to observation oriented research, education, and lemur propagation, with a commitment to infuse art into all of our mission programs. LCF is an American Association of Zoos and Aquariums accredited private, 100-acre facility based in Myakka City, Florida. Our current lemur population representing six species thrives in naturalistic free ranging habitats ranging in size from 9 to 13 acres, and smaller enclosures for animals in need of a more specialized environment. LCF is a respected voice for science, conservation, education, art, and lemurs, the iconic image of the conservation challenges and environmental stewardship facing Madagascar and the world.

Learn more about lemurs on our website at www.lemurreserve.org

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Christmas ‘Cookies’ For LCF’s Lemurs!

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Everyone loves Christmas cookies! Our lemurs love our special ‘cookie’ recipe –

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Primate Chow frosted with pumpkin and raisins! Continue reading “Christmas ‘Cookies’ For LCF’s Lemurs!”

Red Ruffed Lemur Habitat at LCF

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In Madagascar red ruffed lemurs (Varecia rubra) can only be found on the Masoala Peninsula and typically inhabit tropical moist lowland forest.

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They prefer tall forests and are often seen in the crowns of large feeding trees.

Continue reading “Red Ruffed Lemur Habitat at LCF”