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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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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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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Come to our Open House!

2014 Invite Open House

Saturday 8 November

2 PM – 5 PM

Admission is Free, Donations are Appreciated

Tour LCF’s Habitats

Meet our Team

Food and Entertainment

Visit our Store!

R.S.V.P. – 941-322-8494

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

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Ring-tail Lemur Births at LCF

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Lemur Conservation Foundation welcomed the arrival of four ring-tailed lemur infants this summer!
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Sassy with her infant

Meet Sassy and her infant! Sassy’s sister, Sobe, is wearing the pink collar. Sarsaparilla, known as Sassy around LCF, and Sobe are each first time mothers this year. The twin sisters, transferred in 2013 from the Duke Lemur Center, had infants with sire Molson on May 9th and May 21st. Although Sarsaparilla and Sobe are both first time mothers, they are doing an exceptional job at caring for their newborns.

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A close up look at Sobe’s infant

Ansell gave birth to a set of twins on May 24th 2014.  She and their sire, Yuengling, also produced twin girls in 2013.

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Ansell with her twins born 24 May 2014

All four infants are part of family groups living in multi-acre forest habitats at LCF. This gives researchers and care staff the opportunity to observe maternal and infant behavior in a naturalistic setting.

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Ansell, Allagash, Rogue, Yuengling, and the 2 new infants!

Ring-tailed lemurs are listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) due to a largely restricted habitat, habitat destruction and hunting. With rapidly declining wild populations, colonies such as ours, and our participation in managed breeding programs, play an important role in the continued survival of the species.

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For more information about lemurs visit our website at www.lemurreserve.org

 

 

Lemur Art: Vanishing – Art From the Lemur Conservation Foundation’s Collection

 

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Art is very important  at Lemur Conservation Foundation.  We incorporate art into all aspects of our mission, from conservation to research and education. Our art collection helps express the wonder, fragility, splendor, and urgency of lemur conservation, Madagascar, and our relationship to the natural world.

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From 22 May through 27 June, ‘Vanishing – Art From the Lemur Conservation Foundation Collection’ will be on exhibit at Art Center Sarasota. The exhibit showcases art curated from LCF’s extensive and important collection of conservation and lemur themed works.

Artist like Alexis Rockman, whose work is shown here, are featured in LCF’s collection. Mr. Rockman work includes  landscapes as they might exist with impacts of climate change and evolution influenced by genetic engineering. His work has appeared in settings from the Smithsonian to the films Life of Pi and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

Lemurs are among the most endangered species in the world.  Join us to enjoy the exhibit and learn about challenges and solutions in lemur conservation and Madagascar.  Contact us for more information 941-322-8494

You can learn more about lemurs and our art collection on our website at www.lemurreserve.org

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Tree Platforms Installed In Lemur Conservation Foundation’s Forests


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The Canopy Quest team got a ‘little’ help from some friends while installing platforms in our forest canopy…thanks to Phil Wittman for these great images!

Dr. Wittman and his team from Canopy Quest came to Lemur Conservation Foundation in Myakka City, Florida to install two tree platforms in our forest enclosures.  Our free ranging lemurs immediately got into the act!

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The tree platforms provide an enrichment activity for our lemurs along with an observation platform for researchers, students, and LCF staff members.

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This is a view from the tree platform of a Red ruffed lemur leaping through the canopy.  Lemurs spend much of their time in the canopy and little is known about behavior there. LCF’s tree platforms allows our scientists to produce research that will advance our knowledge of this amazing and endangered species.

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LCF & Jacksonville Zoo Host Workshop For Educators

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Zoo and conservation educators from around the state of Florida attended a workshop hosted by LCF and  Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. 

The workshop was designed to introduce zoo and informal educators to the Ako Project: Madagascar Lemur Adventures.   The Ako Project was initiated by LCF, Dr. Alison Jolly, Dr. Hanta Rasamimanana and the University of Madagascar, Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, and UNICEF.  Dr. Jolly wrote the text for the six book series for K-5 readers. The books feature different species of lemurs and their habitat. Dr. Rasamimanana, ‘Madagascar’s Lemur Lady,’ created the teacher’s guides and lesson plans, and wildlife artist Deborah Ross illustrated the stories. The books were first published in Malagasy for young people and their teachers in Madagascar to engage with lemur conservation.

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The Ako Project, including books, posters and educators guide, promote awareness and support for LCF’s Ako – Certified’ curriculum. It provides an opportunity for educators to observe, model and practice lessons and activities from the Ako curriculum. They have a chance to become familiar with the books, teacher’s guides, posters and classroom activities.

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In 2014 LCF will host Ako Days in local schools. The workshop was an important opportunity for educators to contribute their perspective and experience to our staff, share activities, and discuss future Ako Educator Workshops. Most importantly this special day helped to establish a network of educators within Florida who will introduce The Ako Project to their communities!

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It was a wonderful day and workshop! We had a chance to explore innovative and unique ideas and activities that will inspire students to care about the environment and their impact on this earth.

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ECOnsider This: Inspiring the next generation of lemur ‘conservationeers’

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Are you interested in becoming an inspiration for young  lemur’ conservationeers?’  Join us at the Jacksonville Zoo for a hand on workshop designed for zoo educators.

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If you are a teacher and would like to use the Ako Projects in your classroom, you can contact us at lemurconservationfoundation@gmail.com

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We can provide standards based curriculums for your classroom based on each book, sets of posters featuring different ecosystems in Madagascar where each featured species of lemurs is found, and books for your classroom.

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‘The Ako Series, Madagascar Lemur Adventures is a six book series written by Dr. Alison Jolly and illustrated byDeborah Ross especially for children 4 to 12 years old. Each book features a different lemur – from the tiny mouse lemur, to the engaging ring tail – in a captivating story that imaginatively teaches children about natural science, conservation, and the island of Madagascar.’

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‘This enchanting and ravishingly illustrated little book about some of the world’s most beautiful and endangered creatures cannot fail to captivate its readers, young and old.’ Dr. Ian Tattersall.

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Here are previews of each book in Ako Series: Madagascar Lemur Adventures, more information about the project, and how to order your set of books!

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Winterizing at the Reserve

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We recently winterized the domes for the free ranging lemurs in the forests.This was done to give the lemurs shelter from the cold and the wind during the winter.

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Although there are differences in climate based on the various geographic characteristics of Madagascar, low temperatures generally remain in themid-40s in July, the coldest month in Madagascar.  To keep temperatures within the typical range for lemurs in the wild, the mesh doors of the domes were shielded to reduce exposure to the wind and infrared heat lamps were added.

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Knowledge of the lemurs’ native habitat is critical to determining the best husbandry practices for our lemurs and ensures that we are providing the best possible care on the reserve.

– by Casey Krause,  LCF Animal Husbandry Intern

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