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Announcing the 2016 World Lemur Festival

The 3rd Annual World Lemur Festival will be celebrated in Madagascar and around the world from October 28-29, 2016. With over 90% of lemur species facing extinction, the time to act is now. Let’s stand together as one voice this October for the World Lemur Festival, and tell the world how important and amazing lemurs and Madagascar are. The World Lemur Festival is for everyone—lemur fans and conservation leaders, scientists and artists, teachers and students, kids and parents, and YOU!  We encourage lemur fans around the world to […]

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There is an aye aye nest somewhere in the vicinity of this tree.

In Search of Aye-Ayes with the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership

The small town of Kianjavato is located about 1 1/2 hours east of Ranomafana National Park on the RN 25. This is where LCN member Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership has one of their four main field sites, and where their partner Conservation Fusion plays the important role of teaching and inspiring local children to conserve their unique land. I visited this field site for one day and night to see their work first-hand, visit the lemurs in the nearby forests, and meet with two of the […]

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Small villages dot rice field landscapes as you drive south from Antananarivo through the rolling hills of Madagascar's Highlands. Photo by Lynne Venart.

Traveling South to the City of Antsirabe

Like most visitors to Madagascar, I began my travels in the capital of Antananarivo. My time for this trip was limited, so I headed out of Tana the following morning en route to Madagascar’s third largest city: Antsirabe. The Road to Antsirabe Antsirabe is about a 3 1/2 hour drive down the RN 7 from Antananarivo, passing by barren hills, rice fields, picturesque small villages, and roadside towns with local Malagasy out and about — shopping on market day, playing baby foot […]

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Crowned lemur at NaturZoo Rhein

Among Lemurs in European Zoos

We Protect What We Love Here in Germany and other European zoos, you will often be able to get very close to lemurs. Open, walk-through exhibits allow you to watch different lemur species sitting in the sun together, foraging for food in the grass, or climbing around in the trees. In a walk-through enclosure like this, you may also suddenly find one of them sitting next to you! The Animal Park Olderdissen has a motto that explains this approach very well. […]

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Silky Sifaka mother and child. Photo by Jeffrey Gibbs.

A Look at Lemur Conservation Foundation’s Work in Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve

In a recent post, we chatted with Zoological Manager Caitlin Kenney about the Lemur Conservation Foundation’s work in the United States at their lemur reserve in Florida. Today, we talk with Dr. Erik Patel, LCF’s Conservation Program Director, about LCF’s work protecting the Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve (ASSR) in the SAVA region of northeastern Madagascar. We’ll be discussing what makes ASSR unique, why it needs to be protected, and the Lemur Conservation Foundation’s work in this region. About the success of […]

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A sign near the entrance of Apenheul, explaining the many primate species in the park.

A Visit to the Apenheul Primate Park in the Netherlands

In May, I spent a wonderful day at the Apenheul Primate Park, located about an hour by train from Amsterdam in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Apenheul is a member of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria, and opened in 1971 as the first zoo in the world where monkeys roamed free in forested areas and could also interact with visitors. 35 Primate Species and 7 Species of Lemurs At first, Apenheul focused on South American primates (mostly woolly monkeys, spider monkeys, and tamarins), but as more people […]

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A Chat with the National Zoo’s Primate Biologist, Becky Malinsky

Today, we chat with Becky Malinsky, Primate Biologist at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C. about her career as a primate keeper, and what it’s like to work with lemurs and other primates every day at the zoo. Can you tell us about your background and how you got started working at the National Zoo? I received my undergraduate degree in Anthropology from American University, but my passion for primates goes back as far as I can remember. I blame my […]

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Awww... isn't he cute? Photo by Lynne Venart.

A Visit to the Lemur Conservation Foundation’s Lemur Reserve

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the Lemur Conservation Foundation’s lemur reserve in Myakka City, Florida. LCF’s Zoological Manager Caitlin Kenney spoke with me about their work at the reserve and in Madagascar, and introduced me to their seriously adorable—and cheeky—lemurs. In this blog post, I’ll share photos of the reserve and the lemurs it houses, discuss LCF’s history, and explain how this reserve is helping to preserve these endangered primates. In a later blog post, I speak with […]

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