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2016 World Lemur Festival Events Calendar

The World Lemur Festival is for everyone—lemur fans and conservation leaders, scientists and artists, teachers and students, kids and parents, and YOU!  If there isn’t an event in your area, check out this blog post for ideas on how you can celebrate wherever you live! Learn more about the 2016 World Lemur Festival. Hosting an event?  Email your event details to LCN Web Specialist Lynne Venart at or submit via our contact form. You are welcome to use the official World Lemur Festival and World Lemur […]

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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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The lemurs at the Dade City Wildlife Ranch.

How My Experience with Tiny Tim Inspired Me to Save the Lemurs

I first started loving lemurs when I went on my fourth grade class field trip to The Giraffe Ranch in Dade City, Florida. We got to see a bunch of cool animals and have encounters with wildlife. We saw a rhinoceros get a bath.  We fed the giraffes. And an ostrich came right up to our bus. But my favorite encounter was with the ring-tailed lemurs. They were sweet and funny. As we left, they all sat in a little circle […]

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Stump training

Love Our Lemurs, Love Our Zoos

At Combe Martin Wildlife Park we care for a group of ring-tailed, black and white ruffed, and red ruffed lemurs. My role as a zookeeper involves everything from preparing the animals’ food, producing exciting enrichment to present it in, to health checking, cleaning and training our groups of lemurs. Believe me when I say that no day is the same! The Beginning of My Love of Lemurs My love of lemurs first manifested four years ago when I began volunteering […]

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pet lemur survey outreach

Stronger together: Launch of the First Nationwide Campaign on the Illegal Pet Lemur Trade

Lemurs, native to the island of Madagascar, represent the most Endangered group of mammals in the world. Habitat loss, hunting, and more recently a burgeoning illegal pet trade are pushing wild lemur populations to the brink of extinction. Pet lemurs are often used to attract tourists to hotels or used as photo props, wherein tourists pay a small amount of money to take their picture up close with the animal; about 15% of hotels in Madagascar advertise pet lemurs on […]

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