The Mission

Lemurs are the world’s most endangered group of mammals. In fact, 98% of lemur species are at risk of extinction and 31% are critically endangered. But together with communities in Madagascar and lemur fans around the world, we can help.

The Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of lemurs, one of the world's most endangered group of mammals. Through initiatives in managed breeding, scientific research, education, and art they aim to protect these unique primates and their natural habitat in Madagascar. The LCF works closely with local Madagascar communities to protect these endemic animals. We are all in this together!

Our Story

We believe that lemurs can be saved from extinction if we all work together

In 1996, inspired by Dr. Ian Tattersall and alarmed by the decline of lemurs, Penelope Bodry-Sanders founded the Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF). The foundation quickly established a forested lemur enclosure in Myakka City, Florida, and later added an office and research center. LCF’s approach integrates art, science, education, and a U.S. breeding program to support Madagascar's native populations. It welcomed its first lemurs in 2000 and launched educational initiatives, including the Ako Project. Expanding its facilities and earning AZA certification, LCF plays a crucial role in lemur conservation.

From LCF’s office in the SAVA region of northeastern Madagascar, staff work with conservation partners and communities bordering protected lemur habitats. Their work focuses on Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve (ASSR) and Marojejy National Park, together spanning 320 square miles of mountainous rainforests. Dr. Erik Patel, LCF’s Conservation & Research Director, manages field conservation programs, traveling to Madagascar twice each year.

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