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Lemur Conservation Foundation (Established 1996)
Conservation Agency
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Director: George Amato, Acting
Phone: 941-322-8494   Fax: 941-322-9264   E-Mail:
P.O. Box 249, Myakka City, Florida 34251 UNITED STATES
Affiliations: AZA accredited; Madagascar Fauna Group

Mission: Dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the primates of Madagascar through captive breeding, scientific research, education, and reintroduction.

Principal Research Programs: LCF hosts two ongoing field training programs. Providing a natural forest environment for our lemur colony where students can learn field methods under the guidance of highly respected leaders in their field is a vital piece of the Lemur Conservation Foundation's educational and conservation mission. The carefully maintained habitat composed of oak, pine and other flora native to southwest Florida provides a unique opportunity for participants to observe the animals in a free-ranging environment approximating their native habitat in Madagascar.

The Myakka City Lemur Reserve lends itself to studies in lemur behavior, primate cognition, captive management, conservation biology, and many other fields. Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to conduct research at the Myakka City Lemur Reserve. We recommend that interested students arrange to visit the reserve early in the planning process for their research projects.

The Lemur Conservation Foundation is committed to training future generations about the threats to endangered species and the importance of conservation. As part of this commitment to education LCF offers programs such as the annual Teachers' Institute for Conservation Ecology for high school teachers and year-round distance education courses designed for K-12 students called Lemur Tales: Lessons from the Forest.

Training Opportunities: We are open to college level students through professionals for behavioral and other non-surgical research. We have hosted field training programs for several universities and are looking to expand to include additional universities. Animal husbandry and field method internships are available. Housing is available on-site at a minimal cost.

Number of Staff: 6

Associated Field Sites: The Lemur Conservation Foundation partners with the Tampolo Forest Station, a small reserve in Madagascar operated by ESSA-Forêts, University of Antananarivo. Tampolo Forest Station was elevated to the status of Systeme des Aires Protegees de Tampolo (Protected Area System of Tampolo) in 2006 as part of the Durban Convention promise made by President Marc Ravalomanana to increase the protected areas of Madagascar by a third.

For research proposals at Tampolo Forest Station, please contact:
Jeannin Ranaivonasy,
Project Coordinator (ECOBIO) at School of Agronomy
Université d'Antananarivo
Telephone: (+261) 341116671
Web Site:

Publications: Annual Reports; Semiannual newsletter "Lemur Latitudes"; LCF News mailing list -

Last Updated: 2011-04-07

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