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About LCF


Mission Statement:

The Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) is a small non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the primates of Madagascar through captive breeding, scientific research, and education.

Our Institutional Goals:

Conservation

To preserve and contribute to the worldwide genetic pool of lemur species through captive breeding and to practice the best conservation possible in terms of both our ex-situ and in-situ efforts. 

The fact that these animals are free-ranging in the Myakka City Lemur Reserve year round, makes for easy transfer to a reserve in Madagascar, should the opportunity arise. The LCF works closely with its sister reserve in Madagascar, Tampolo Forest Reserve. The foundation focuses on lemur species that are not already well represented in zoological parks or other captive breeding programs. We call these "no room in the ark" species or "orphan" species because they are not the big, flashy, charismatic genotypes that can become flagship species for use in attracting wide public interest and funding. Nevertheless, they should be protected for their inherent value and their significance to the larger picture of primate evolution and ecology.

Click here to read an in-depth article discussing Madagascar's lemurs, their history and the challenges facing them by one of LCF's scientific advisors, Ian Tattersall, originally published in Scientific American.

Research

To make the lemur colony available for scientific behavioral research to learn more about their basic biology and genetic management. 

The research conducted is non-harmful and is subject to approval by the LCF Scientific Advisory Council. The Reserve has been host to students from New College of Florida, the University of Miami, Eckerd College, Yale, Rutgers, Columbia, Portland State University, Penn State and the University of Arkansas and has welcomed researchers since 1999. 

Education


To promote an education outreach program by:



1.

Utilizing the reserve as a field training site for students at the university level for short-term classes on logistics and techniques of fieldwork. We are currently working with Dr. Linda Taylor, Professor of Physical Anthropology at the University of Miami and Dr. Natalie Vasey, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Portland State University.       

2.

. Establishing the Center for Lemur Studies, a library and unique educational resource center that will make all the existent books, papers, journals and electronic materials concerning lemurs and their ecology accessible in one place for the global use of students, researchers and scholars. This library will also serve as a base for an international consortium of scientists and conservationists working together to secure the future of lemurs.

3.

. Making presentations about lemurs as representatives of the biodiversity crisis to local schools and community centers in neighboring Florida counties. We are working with local teachers and in accordance with the Florida education strategic plan to ensure that the LCF presentation interfaces with the proscribed curriculum for three targeted age groups.

Visitors:

Unlike a zoo, the Myakka City Lemur Reserve is not open to the general public. The lemur habitats are restricted areas because the lemurs free-range in the forests and visitors can disrupt their natural activities. This would make the research that is done at the reserve (non-invasive behavioral research) difficult because the beauty of the reserve is that our lemurs live as naturally as possible. Because we are not set up like a zoo where confined lemurs can be easily seen, they are often very difficult to spot without actually entering the forested enclosures. The situation is great for the animals and for researchers, but not very satisfactory for visitors.

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