Target: Lee Nesler, Executive Director and CEO of the Lemur Conservation Foundation
Goal: Thank lemur conservation group for saving lemur populations through research, conservation and education
The Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) is a small nonprofit organization that is dedicated to the preservation of primates that only naturally live in Madagascar. LCF operates the Myakka City Lemur Reserve, where staff members care for 40 brown lemurs, mongoose lemurs, red ruffed lemurs, ring-tailed lemurs and Sanford’s lemurs.
Unlike a zoo, the Myakka City Lemur Preserve is only open to professional research, not public tour groups. It is located in eastern Manatee County, surrounded by a variety of habitats and agriculture in Florida. With designated lemur areas spanning over 13 acres of forest, every effort is being made to maintain the colony in a natural state so that behavioral research will be unbiased.
LCF focuses its efforts on lemur species that are not well represented in zoological parks or other conservation breeding programs. All onsite research is non-harmful and conducted for the purpose of better understanding lemurs’ basic biology and genetic management. The foundation also promotes educational outreach programs to allow university students to gain fieldwork experience, hosting a library of scholarly journals and papers, and feature presentations at local schools and community centers.
Sign the petition below to thank the Lemur Conservation Foundation for being an integral part of preserving the various lemur species in Madagascar. By working alongside the Tampolo Forest Reserve in Madagascar, we hope to see a thriving lemur population in the decades ahead.
Dear Ms. Nesler,
Thank you and your staff for working every day to preserve six species of lemurs at the Myakka City Lemur Preserve in Florida. The Lemur Conservation Foundation’s research and breeding programs are providing valuable information to improve conservation practices back in the lemurs’ home country of Madagascar. Although only some subspecies of lemurs, such as red-ruffed lemur and certain types of bamboo lemurs, are considered to be critically endangered, almost all types of lemurs are on the brink of extinction due to deforestation, agriculture, timber production and hunting in Madagascar.
Thank you for not opening your facility up as a public zoo, where visitors would disrupt the natural activities of free-roaming lemurs in the preserve. I am urging you to continue working with the Eulemur Species Survival Plan, the Tampolo Forest Reserve in Madagascar and primate researchers to ensure that native lemur populations can thrive in the wild.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Tambako the Jaguar via Flickr