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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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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LCF Hosts Living Building Challenge Charette

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Lemur Conservation Foundation’s Team attended a 3 day building charette to learn about the Living Building Challenge as we plan a new dormitory at our Myakka City conservation habitats.  What an amazing way to accomplish concept and design in a team atmosphere!

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“The Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment  possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek.”

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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.

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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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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LCF at Madagascar Fauna Group

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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.

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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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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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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