LCF holds and breeds some of the most endangered species in the world. Each individual is genetically precious. Watch this short video to see some of the ways our staff works with lemurs in our enclosures and domes. LCF Director of Research and Operations and Animal Care Technician move 2 red ruffed lemurs from our more traditional enclosures into the free-ranging forest habitat, and the LCF Animal Care Intern checks a mongoose lemur for any injuries that might be sustained in the forests. http://youtu.be/suC24xPjPDQ
Because the domes are stations for supplemental nutrition LCF staff can observe them easily and closely. It is important to ensure they are healthy, with no injuries from free-ranging in the forest. In this picture a LCF team member works with a lemur to check their belly and legs for any injury that might need medical care.
In addition to keeping the free-ranging forest colony safe from weather events like rain and high winds, the domes allow us to gather important scientific information about lemurs. For example there is comparatively little research about lemurs’ night behaviors or personality. LCF’s unique multi-species, free-ranging colony in the forests of the Florida reserve helps us gather information about lemur behavior because they are able to live and act as they would in the wild.
Our Lemur Habitat Domes make it possible for LCF staff and researchers to provide the highest standards of care and conduct important scientific research with minimal contact with the free-ranging lemur colony. The best chance for lemurs to survive in the wild forests of Madagascar, should reintroduction to their only native habitat ever become possible, is the knowledge and understanding of lemurs conservation biologists are able to gather at reserves ours, and a healthy free-ranging population like the colony at the Lemur Conservation Foundation Myakka City Reserve.