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Chloe took this photo of sifakas hugging a tree in Bezà Mahafaly Special Reserve, Madagascar in 2017.
Photo: Dr. Chloe Chen-Kraus

The Story of the 2021 World Lemur Festival Logo

This year’s World Lemur Festival and World Lemur Day logo features an illustration by the artist Mr. Lemur. We chatted with Mr. Lemur about his inspiration for the illustration. And, we spoke with Dr. Chloe Chen-Kraus, the scientist who took the photo that inspired Mr. Lemur to create it. Learn what inspires Mr. Lemur, if sifakas really hug trees, and how conservation can allow humans and lemurs to coexist in Madagascar’s remaining forests.   Interview with Mr. Lemur A lot […]

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Talking to Plants is a fun illustrated series where you can learn about plants!

A New Partnership with Mongabay Kids for Lemur Outreach and Learning

This Fall, the Lemur Conservation Network is partnering with Mongabay Kids for the World Lemur Festival! Mongabay Kids is a new education site for kids aged 6 to 12. It launched in March 2021 to replace Mongabay’s rainforests for kids site, which dates to 2004 and has now been merged with Mongabay’s main rainforest information section. The new site inspires and educates kids about ecology, wildlife, and conservation. Celebrating Biodiversity Days on Mongabay Kids Since their launch in March, Mongabay Kids […]

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The ring-tailed lemurs were up to their famous silly antics, hopping around in groups, many with babies clinging to their fur.

Madagascar: A Guide to Using the Film as an Educational Tool for Lemur Conservation

On this page, we will show how you can use the animated Dreamworks film Madagascar to teach kids about lemurs, Madagascar, biodiversity, and conservation. The Dreamworks animated film, Madagascar, debuted in theaters in the summer of 2005. Hundreds of millions of people worldwide have seen the film, and it remains popular, especially with children. Those working in zoo education know it has helped children not only recognize lemurs, but also know the name of the only place in the world […]

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New Season of Conservation Podcast to Focus on Lemurs and Madagascar

This Fall, the Lemur Conservation Network (LCN) is thrilled to collaborate with Pangolin: The Conservation Podcast on a series of episodes about conservation in Madagascar. The first episode will launch on September 20 with an introduction to lemurs and their conservation by LCN’s Director, Lucia Rodriguez. Throughout September and October, podcast host Jack Baker will chat with 8 Malagasy and international experts about pivotal topics for lemur conservation, including responsible tourism, wildlife hunting, community conservation, government collaboration, education, and more. […]

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One of the hiking paths in Andasibe National Park, Madagascar. Photo by Lynne Venart.

The Importance of Ecotourism in Madagascar

In Madagascar, ecotourism can be a win-win-win for tourists, Malagasy people, and Madagascar’s lemurs and other wildlife. When done well, ecotourism helps protect natural environments by both supporting conservation and providing financial benefits to local people and their communities.

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The 2020 World Lemur Festival celebrated by DREDD in Antsinanana, Madagascar

Lemurs Celebrated Worldwide for the 2020 World Lemur Festival

The 2020 World Lemur Festival was a great success! Thank you to all of the zoos, organizations, universities, artists, and lemur fans around the world who celebrated lemurs and spread messages about their conservation! Compared to last year, the 2020 festival saw more organizations holding events, more social media about lemurs, and more money raised! Over twice as many organizations participated around the world, including zoos and universities in Madagascar, the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Asia. Looking […]

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Welcome and thank you to this talented group of volunteers!

Welcome our 2020 Science Communication and Education Volunteers!

We are excited to welcome a new group of science communication and education volunteers to the Lemur Conservation Network! These volunteers come to us from Madagascar, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and across the United States. We are so happy to unite this talented group of passionate conservationists to work together to make an impact for lemur conservation.

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