LCF at Madagascar Fauna Group

MFG meeting
Colleagues attending the 2014 Madagascar Flora and Fauna Group Meeting and Workshop

The Lemur Conservation Foundation attended the 2014 Madagascar Flora and Fauna Group (MFG) Annual Meeting held in St. Louis Missouri and hosted by the St. Louis Zoo. LCF is a proud supporter and Board Member of MFG, which is a consortium of zoos, aquariums and zoological gardens working together to save the biodiversity of Madagascar.

Eulemur fulvus (common brown lemur), one of the species that can be seen at Parc Ivoloina
Eulemur fulvus (common brown lemur), one of the species that can be seen at Parc Ivoloina

During the meeting, experts from around the world met to identify conservation strategies for Betampona Reserve and Parc Ivoloina. MFG manages several research and conservation projects to protect the vital rainforest area of Betampona that contains 11 species of lemur, 10 additional mammal species, 95 bird species, and over 100 reptile and amphibian species. The forest also contains a large variety of plant species, a number of which are highly endangered.
Parc Ivoloina is a zoological and educational park operated by MFG, which houses a variety of native Malagasy wildlife, including bamboo lemurs, brown lemurs, blue-eyed black lemurs, and radiated tortoises. Local and international visitors to Parc Ivoloina are able to develop an appreciation for Madagascar’s unique wildlife and learn ways that they can help protect these important species and their habitats.

Mamy Rakotoarijaona, Director of Operations for Madagascar National Parks, presented an overview of the Madagascar National Parks and Betampona Reserve
Mamy Rakotoarijaona, Director of Operations for Madagascar National Parks, presented an overview of the Madagascar National Parks and Betampona Reserve

LCF is happy to partner with MFG to protect wild lemur populations and lemur habitats, while working to build sustainable, managed populations to act as a critical safety net for wild populations. LCF and MFG’s work is an integral part of the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Lemur Conservation Action Plan to stop habitat loss and reverse the decline of lemur populations on the verge of extinction.

LCF’s Animal Care Manager, Dr. Alison Grand, worked with attendees to help determine priority community conservation projects and to develop a collection plan strategy for the lemurs at Parc Ivoloina
LCF’s Animal Care Manager, Dr. Alison Grand, worked with attendees to help determine priority community conservation projects and to develop a collection plan strategy for the lemurs at Parc Ivoloina

How you can help:
1. Join the Lemur Conservation Foundation’s efforts to support these vital conservation efforts in Madagascar and save some of the world’s most endangered animals and plants in the world by visiting LCF’s website to make a donation.
2. If you are a zoo, aquarium, or zoological garden, join with LCF and become a consortium member of MFG and help protect Madagascar’s native wildlife and habitats.
3. Encourage your local zoo, aquarium, or botanical garden to support the Lemur Conservation Foundation and also become a member of the Madagascar Flora and Fauna Group.

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

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