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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.

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Events in Madagascar


World Lemur Festival, hosted by GERP

October 27, 9 pm

Conference debate at the grand amphitheatre agro ankatso on “the lemurs and the socio-economic challenges”

October 28: Opening Day

October 29: last day and closing day

See Facebook event for details

Sambava and Andapa

World Lemur Festival, hosted by the Lemur Conservation Foundation

A large festival aimed both towards residents in Sambava as well as Andapa. Many public officials have agreed to attend including the Chef du Region (governor of the state essentially) as well as mayors of both cities, and more…

There will first be a large parade with many groups (students, women, environment clubs, and more) dressed in lemur themes. Then all activity will move to city hall where various activities will begin such as a dance competition, lemur art contests, poetry/story contests, question and answer sessions about lemurs and finally we will play the BBC Film in Malagasy (“Nosy Mahagaga”). There will be refreshments and prizes for the children.

The Lemur Conservation Foundation is the major financial sponsor and is delighted to have several other key partners, namely Madagascar National Parks (Andapa branch) as well as the World Wildlife Fund (Andapa branch).


Festival Des Lemuriens, hosted by Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group


Tree Planting Events, hosted by Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership

October 28


Celebration of the 25th Anniversary of Ranomafana National Park

November 19, Hosted by Centre ValBio

Ambinanifanasana, Brickaville

World Lemur Festival, hosted by the Aspinall Foundation

The Aspinall Foundation is hosting a World Lemur Festival event in Ambinanifanasana, CR Fetraomby, District Brickaville

October 25 at 9AM to October 26 at 10PM UTC +01
18.8201° S, 49.0653° E

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World Lemur Festival, hosted by ONG Reniala

October, 28-29

ONG Reniala is working closely with GERP to host a local WLF event for the South region. There will be a carnival with school children and local population ; outreach activities including an environmental quiz, drawing and coloring contest with school children ; as well as various dance and music animations.

Events in the United States

14657308_1867703643451853_8034294198812689645_nWashington, DC Area

Sunday, October 23, 1 – 3 pm

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Join representatives from the Lemur Conservation Network at the Museum of Natural History in DC where they will be sharing information about lemurs with museum visitors in the Q?rius exhibit on the ground floor.

Tuesday, October 25, 6-9pm, Upstairs at Shaw’s Tavern

Lemur Happy Hour, Hosted by the Lemur Conservation Network

All funds raised benefit Lemur Love, to support their recent and important work with ring-tailed lemurs! More details to come.

Friday, October 28, 10 am – 2 pm

World Lemur Day at the National Zoo

Join the Smithsonian National Zoo and the Lemur Conservation Network at Lemur Island on World Lemur Day to check out the zoo’s lemurs, learn more about them, and enjoy some kids activities!

Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30

Leesburg Animal Park

To celebrate the world lemur festival at the Leesburg Animal Park, we will have lemur themed arts and crafts, lemur themed coloring pages and activity sheets for kids and adults. There will be educational interactions with our Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches and there may be some educational appearances with Nadia, our black and white ruffed lemur.

Staten Island, New York City

Staten Island Zoo, October 29 from 12 pm to 3pm

We are celebrating all things lemur at the zoo! Join us for an afternoon of lemur information and fun. Come discover these exciting primates as the zoo presents keeper talks, Up close lemur training demonstrations, make enrichment items and learn how you can help conserve these rare animals and their unique habitat.

  • Keeper presentation and training demonstration
  • Opportunity for kids and the public to make enrichment items for our lemurs
  • Animal painting sales to benefit lemur conservation
  • Lemur crafts table
  • Biofact and education information table

Salt Lake City, Utah

October 27, 8:30 – 11:30 am

World Lemur Festival Celebration at Salt Lake Community College

Salt Lake Community College students will be hosting an event on October 27 8:30-11:30 am. There will be games, prizes, and a bake sale to raise money for lemur conservation.

Duke University, Durham, North Carolina

West Campus (bus stop/near Chapel)

Loco For Lemurs, hosted by Duke University’s Roots & Shoots! We will be celebrating lemurs and selling the always delicious Loco Pops to raise money for lemur conservation.

Perkins Library

Opening for “50 Years of Lemurs at Duke,” Thursday, October 27 from 4-6 pm

The exhibit will be display from October 20, 2016 to February 19, 2017 in the Chappell Family Gallery. The opening night event will feature brief opening remarks by Dr. Anne Yoder, followed by a drop-in reception with light refreshments in the gallery. DLC staff will be on hand to answer questions and share stories. This will be a low-key, fun social event, and you can stay for as little or as long as you’d like! No tickets, no charge, and no RSVPs required. All are welcome!

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Florida

Saturday, October 29

  • A conservation table from 10 am – 2 pm with information, a coloring craft idea for kids, lemur face painting, and lemur knowledge question test. (giving lemur stickers for participation)
  • Text challenge: if guests text #Lemur to SeaWorld-Busch Gardens conservation fund project, our company donates $1 to a lemur project.
  • WLD enrichment throughout the day on both lemur habitats



Lee Richardson Zoo in Garden City

Celebrate the World Lemur Festival on Saturday, October 29, 2-4 pm (CDT) with the Lee Richardson Zoo!

312 E Finnup Dr, Garden City, Kansas 67846

Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo

Friday, October 28, 2016

Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo will be celebrating World Lemur Day by having special lemur keeper talks, as well as some great enrichments for the lemurs!  Don’t miss out, because there will also be a raffle for a lemur stuffed animal!

2123 Main St.
Great Bend, KS 67530

Zoo Atlanta

November 5

800 Cherokee Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30315

Leap for the amazing primates of Madagascar with an activity-packed day highlighting lemurs!

  • Visit our troop of black-and-white-ruffed and ring-tailed lemurs in The Ford African Rain Forest;
  • Join a special Lemur Keeper Talk at 2 p.m.;
  • Try games and interactive activities; and
  • Consider making a special Lemur Day donation to the Madagascar Fauna & Flora Group, which protects lemurs and preserves their habitat on Madagascar.

Activities are free for Members and children under 3; free with general admission.

Want to feed a lemur on Lemur Day? Check out our Lemur Wild Encounter page on Zoo Atlanta’s website for more details.

Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois

NIU Anthropology Club’s World Lemur Festival

Friday, October 28, 9 am to 4 pm, MLK Commons

NIU Anthropology Club will be hosting an event for the third annual World Lemur Festival founded by the Lemur Conservation Network ( on Friday October 28th in the MLK Commons.

Lemurs are the most endangered group of primates on the planet, as they are being threatened by poaching and habitat destruction of the island of Madagascar.

Come by for information on lemurs, lemur conservation, and meet at least one human-sized Ring-tailed lemur! There will be opportunities to support Sadabe, an NGO focused on sustainable development, conservation, education, and research in Madagascar founded by NIU’s own Dr Mitch Irwin and Dr Karen Samonds (

University of Nebraska in Omaha

October 26

Conservation Fusion will be hosting a lemur awareness and volunteer project in Omaha on October 26th at the University of Nebraska in Omaha.

Harvard University

Thursday 10/27, 6:30 pm film screening, 7:30 pm reception, PBHA Parlor Room

Film screening of Island of Lemurs Madagascar, Held by Conservation Biology, The Environmental Action Committee, and Harvard College Conservation Society


Events in Canada

Stay tuned for more details.

Events in Europe

Canterbury, Kent, England

World Lemur Festival at Howletts Wild Animal Park

11:30 am to 2:30 pm every day from Sat 22nd Oct to Sat 29th Oct

Howletts Wild Animal Park in England is having a week of events for World Lemur Festival. It will involve games, education, kids’ colouring, and a ‘lemur experience’ fundraising raffle. Raffle proceeds will benefit the Aspinall Foundation’s work in Madagascar.

» Visit the Howletts Wild Animal Park website

» Read our blogger Phil’s posts about volunteering at Howletts

Miskolc, Hungary

October 29

World Lemur Day at Miskolc Zoo

Ring-tailed lemur. Photo by Jeff Gibbs.

Ring-tailed lemur. Photo by Jeff Gibbs.

The Lemur Day at the Miskolc Zoo in Miskolc, Hungary will feature a variety of educational activities centered around the zoo’s species from Madagascar: the ring-tailed lemur family and female white-fronted lemurs, as well as the Madagascar hissing cockroach, gold dust day gecko, and Madagascan collared iguana. Guests will learn about these species and how to protect them, and can participate in a variety of fun activities for all ages.

  • Feeding, enrichment or both? How can we activate the lemurs? Program in the lemur enclosure 11:00, 14:00, 15:00
  • Lemur adoption (annual aid for the supply of lemurs) – all day program
  • Topic desk: wildlife risk factors and conservation efforts, solutions – talking with the visitors about Madagascar – all day program
  • Madagascar coloring for children – all day program
  • Picture exhibition, made by a zoo volunteer
  • Slideshow about the „Red Island”
  • Books about Madagascar

» Visit the Miskolc Zoo website

» Download Event Flyer

2016-flyer-fml-geneva-suisseGeneva, Switzerland

Samedi 29 octobre 2016 de 14 h à 16 h

Festival Mondial des Lemuriens

Join EducationGasy at Ecole de Satigny Village – Genève – Suisse to celebrate the World Lemur Festival, in collaboration with GERP, and with the support of the Embassy of Madagascar in Switzerland.

Lemurs: Our National Heritage, Protecting Friends

  • animations (entertainment)
  • bricolage (crafts
  • contes (storytelling)
  • decouvertes (discoveries)

Events in Asia

October 29

Japan Monkey Centre

World Lemur Festival celebrations, rain or shine! View website.

Events and Specials Online

Several organizations are holding online events and specials for the World Lemur Festival. Stay tuned for more details.

Lemur Love

Lemur Love is holding several online events, including a lemur photography contest! Check their Facebook page for details.

Are you attending a World Lemur Festival event?

Share your photos and stories online using the hashtag #WorldLemurFestival!