Lemur Conservation Foundation

Myakka City, FL   |  lemurreserve.org

Mission

The Lemur Conservation Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the primates of Madagascar through managed breeding, scientific research, education, and art.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Deborah Millman

Main address

P.O. Box 249

Myakka City, FL 34251 USA

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Formerly known as

Lower Primate Conservation Foundation

EIN

59-3359549

NTEE code info

Wildlife Preservation/Protection (D30)

Biological, Life Science Research includes Marine Biology, Physiology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Biotechnology, etc.) (U50)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

More than 98% of the 100+ species of lemur on the planet are threatened or endangered.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Managed Breeding

The Lemur Conservation Foundation works to conserve and protect five lemur species at its reserve in Myakka City, FL and 11 found in the two protected areas in Madagascar supported by LCF. Today, 95% of the world’s lemur population is bordering on extinction. In Florida, the Foundation's managed breeding program is vital to preserving a genetic safety net for wild lemur populations. From 2014 to 2018, LCF experienced a remarkable baby boom. During this five-year time period, the total number of lemur births was 35, equal to the total number of births during the entire first 15 years of LCF's history. In 2018, LCF welcomed important additions to the collared and mongoose lemur populations. These births were particularly significant because of the status of these populations. With collared lemurs designated as endangered and mongoose lemurs as critically endangered, every infant helps to ensure the survival of their species. Successful births continued; the latest, Frezy, a red ruffed lemur, was born on May 25, 2020.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Scientific study is central to LCF's mission. Accredited by the AZA, the Myakka City, FL reserve encompasses fenced forests where many of the lemurs range freely. This habitat invites authentic behaviors, enabling scientific research and field training program opportunities to study lemur colonies under natural conditions. Approved projects include access to the Mianatra Center for Lemur Studies and the Anne & Walter Bladstrom Library, more than 20 areas of inhabited forest and enclosures, on-site housing and logistical support. Professors bring students to the reserve for intensive field schools incorporated into for-credit courses at their universities. Students observer lemurs in a controlled but natural setting, allowing future primatologists to gain valuable, first-hand field experience. A robsut internship program attracts students from around the country. LCF also conducts age- and audience-specific classes and presentations to discuss how Madagascar's environmental crisis impacts the island's ability to sustain viable populations. LCF uses social media and technology to promote engagement and learning about lemurs, conservation and science. Its Mianatra Center for Lemur Studies combines office and meeting space with the Anne & Walter Bladstrom Library as a valuable educational resource.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Ako Conservation Education Program is an international environmental education program for grades K-5. This global success story started with a picture book titled Ny Aiay Ako (Ako the Aye-Aye), written by renowned primatologist and lemur biologist Dr. Alison Jolly. This single story has since grown into a six-book series with accompanying lesson plans, posters, and other educational materials.

Students love to dive into the Ako Program where story
and science converge. Fun and engaging
activities highlight key biological concepts such as food webs, animal
behavior, and taxonomy. The Ako Lemur
Lesson Plans meet national science education standards and also include a wide
range of other subjects from math to art. By encouraging environmental awareness, understanding, and appreciation,
the Ako Program will truly inspire students to connect with nature and motivate
conservation action.
This opportunity is made possible by Nature’s Path EnviroKidz, the Jolly family, UNICEF, the Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation, and the McCrae Conservation and Education Fund. This collaborative effort makes it possible to provide free Ako Conservation Education Kits to qualifying schools and/or educators.

Each Kit includes the following materials which allow teachers to engage students to make a positive difference for lemurs and other wildlife:
6 Ako Children's Books
6 Lemur Habitat Posters
21 Ako Lemur Lesson Plans
1 Ako Educator's Guide
1 Ako Aye-Aye Plush
Essential Oils - for use in the Ako lesson Survival Scents

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

LCF is working to protect Anjanharibe-Sud Special reserve in Madagascar and the 11 lemurs that call the it home. LCF is working with the Madagascar National Parks to increase park protection and in the communities surrounding the reserve to develop ways to decrease the reliance on forest resources. Dr. Erik Patel is also conducting lemur surveys to get a better understanding of the current status of the lemurs in the reserve, including the critically endangered silky sifaka and indri.

Population(s) Served
People of African descent
Unemployed people

Where we work

Accreditations

Association of Zoos and Aquariums- Accreditation

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Lemur Conservation Foundation aims to ensure the survival of lemurs into the next century and beyond.

The Lemur Conservation Foundation aims to grow existing and implement new programs to increase lemur populations and promote the conservation of rainforests. We will do this by working collaboratively with like-minded individuals and organizations around the globe and by providing high-quality educational, conservation and animal husbandry programs.

We have highly-trained and motivated staff in the United States and Madagascar, a skilled and dedicated board of directors and financial support.

Financials

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Operations

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Lemur Conservation Foundation

Board of directors
as of 8/6/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Scott Riviere

Community Volunteer

Term: 2013 - 2022

John Alexander

Community Volunteer

Judy Rasmuson

Community Volunteer

Scott Riviere

Community Volunteer

Charlene Wolff

Tria Consulting LLC

Penelope Bodry-Sanders

Community Volunteer

Patricia Pantello

volunteer

Elizabeth Moore

Community Volunteer

John Freeman

Raymond James

Razia Said

Malagasy Artist

Jessie Williams

Health Care

Katharine McKenna

Artist

Kathy Miller

Community Volunteer

George Amato

American Museum of Natural History

Diane Ledder

Retired

Ann Fries

Retired

Organizational demographics

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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