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

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Lemurs’ Specialized Hands

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Like all primates, lemurs are equipped with deft hands that enable them to accomplish tasks requiring finesse and dexterity.

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However, our lemurs seem to get the most pleasure out of these “handy” tools when using them to eat!

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Grapes seem to be the perfect size to fit comfortably in a lemur’s hand.

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Meet Leena, Our Newest Lemur!

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Say hello to Leena, our newest addition at Lemur Conservation Foundation!

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Leena came to LCF from Busch Gardens Tampa in October on a breeding recommendation. Just two weeks ago Leena was introduced to her new beau, Merced.

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It was love at first sight. Leena and Merced and now living happily together and can often be found snuggled up sleeping or grooming. Join us in wishing them well!

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

 

Happy Thanksgiving From LCF!

E. collaris- JacquesThe  amazing lemurs at Lemur Conservation Foundation’s Myakka City habitats got to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday with some delicious cranberry sauce.

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Our animal husbandry team spread cranberry sauce throughout their enclosures and on their branches.

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Based on their faces and how quickly the cranberry sauce was eaten, we can assume these lemurs were very thankful for their extra Thanksgiving enrichment!

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

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 of lemurs, 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.

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Its Pumpkin Season at Lemur Conservation Foundation!

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Our lemurs celebrated ‘Pumpkin Season’ by ‘indulging’ in some carved pumpkins…. 

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filled with pumpkin puree!

 

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Happy Pumpkin Season from all of us primates at LCF

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To learn more about lemurs, including critically endangered mongoose (Eulemur mongoz) and red ruffed (Varecia rubra) lemurs seen here, visit our web site at  www.lemurreserve.org

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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 of lemurs, 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.

Lemurs and Grooming

 

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Meet Moose and Duffy, twin ring-tailed lemurs born at Lemur Conservation Foundation. Do you know how our lemurs stay clean? Lemurs are groomers!

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They pick through each others’ fur to search for parasites and clean off dirt and debris. This time is also used for strengthening social bonds between animals.

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

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 of lemurs, 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.  DONATE HERE

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Lemur Update: See How Ansell’s Twins Have Grown!

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Get ready lemur lovers…Here is an update on Ansell’s twin infants, Moose and Duffy. They are now four months old!

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While they still hang out with mom often throughout the day, both babies are gaining independence quickly and taking after their older sisters.

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All four can frequently be found playing together in the trees, on the ground, or at the forest shelters. Which picture do you think wins the ‘Cute Overload’ crown?

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

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Meet Afo A Red Ruffed Lemur Infant Born At LCF!

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Tails From Myakka City: Meet Afo – a red ruffed lemur born at LCF on 13 June to first time mom Ravina.

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Afo has a feisty and spirited personality and so was named Afo, which means fire in Malagasy.

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Unlike our other lemur species, red ruffed babies don’t cling to their mom. Instead, as females can give birth to litters of up to six infants, she makes a nest where her babies safely reside until they’re big enough to move around on their own.

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Now almost two months old, baby Afo can often be found running around the enclosure, climbing low branches and, best of all, spending time with mom Ravina and sire Tsikey.

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

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Greetings From Madagascar!

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LCF’s Executive Director & CEO is visiting in Madagascar during the month of August with Dr. Ian Tattersall and a group of eco-minded travelers.

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Making our way back to the capital city, Antananarivo. Beautiful countryside filled with rice and vegetable fields…

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Village shops for food and supplies...

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LCF’s group is traveling to several of Madagascar’s National Parks and protected areas, from Andasibe Perinet & the Vakona Forest Lodge, and the Andasibe Forest & Mantadia National Park (over 300 species of orchids and 20 species of lemurs occur here), to Anjajavy, looking out on the Mozambique Channel and Morombe Bay.

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

 

 

Keep Safe Project: Extinction Is Not An Option

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Lemur theme Keep Safe box pictured above is by artist  Claudia Gorman

 

Rhinebeck, NY shoppers will soon be seeing spots and stripes as local artists and retailers collaborate to raise public awareness about the plight of endangered species, especially cheetahs and lemurs. The Keep Safe Project is an annual fundraiser to support the work of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and Lemur Conservation Foundation,  organizations dedicated to the conservation of these endangered species.

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“The goal of the project is not only to educate the public about endangered species, but also to educate them about what we can do to support their habitat and their survival. Recognizing the importance of education in any effort of this magnitude, the Keep Safe Project team is partnering with the Trevor Zoo at the Millbrook School in Millbrook, NY. This year, the project will focus on cheetahs and lemurs and their African wildlife habitats. Benefits from the yearlong project will be shared between the Cheetah Conservation Fund and Lemur Conservation Foundation.” – Paola Bari

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The Keep Safe Project is a joint effort between local volunteers and the Trevor Zoo at Millbrook School. The Trevor Zoo at Millbrook School is a leading conservation organization which has been promoting a greater understanding of environmental issues for 78 years.

The “Keep Safe” boxes, fashioned out of repurposed cigar boxes, will be exhibited for public viewing throughout the region. The boxes will then be auctioned off at Millbrook School, Millbrook,N.Y. on October 18, 2014.

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Cheetah theme Keep Safe box is by artist Deborah Coconis

The elaborately decorated boxes will begin their tour in the village of Rhinebeck on August 30.  Local businesses including Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery, Hammertown, Evoke Style, and Winter Sun & Summer Moon will display the boxes prominently in the weeks leading up to the public auction.

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On August 30, a reception will be hosted at Betsy Jacaruso Studio & Gallery and at Winter Sun & Summer Moon from 3:00 – 5:00 pm. At that time, online bidding for the boxes will begin on the   Keep Safe Project website.
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To learn more about lemurs visit our website at www.lemurreserve.org