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.
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!
“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.”
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.
Our lemurs celebrated ‘Pumpkin Season’ by ‘indulging’ in some carved pumpkins….
filled with pumpkin puree!
Happy Pumpkin Season from all of us primates at LCF
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tails From Myakka City: Meet Afo – a red ruffed lemur born at LCF on 13 June to first time mom Ravina.
Afo has a feisty and spirited personality and so was named Afo, which means fire in Malagasy.
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
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.
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.