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Raise Awareness of Lemurs

We can all help save lemurs from extinction.

Conservation isn’t easy. People and organizations are working across Madagascar with local communities on reforestation, habitat protection, education, building local capacity, and more.

They need our help. If we all work together, we can help Madagascar’s lemurs and other unique wildlife thrive for generations to come. Below, find many ways you can help, including donating, volunteering, traveling to Madagascar, making sustainable choices at home, and even switching your search engine!

Support Conservation

Help organizations working in Madagascar to protect lemurs and their habitat. Funds are desperately needed through donations and grants to continue, improve, and expand conservation work in Madagascar.

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Find Organizations to Support

Use our search tool to find organizations to support through donating or volunteering. Sort by type of lemur, type of conservation work, region of Madagascar, and more.

Welcome to our 2020 World Lemur Festival volunteer team!

Find Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer in Madagascar for two weeks to a year, or volunteer from home to support lemur conservation.

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Shop

Find stores supporting our members’ work or support them on Amazon Smile. Shop at ethical companies that work in Madagascar and support Malagasy people, or at for profit organizations that donate a portion of sales to lemur conservation.

Learn and Share

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Learn about Lemurs

View our teaching resources to find activities for all ages to learn about lemurs from the Lemur Conservation Network and other online sources. Visit your local zoo to learn from their keepers about the lemurs in their care.

World Lemur Day in KIANJAVATO 2018

Help Us Celebrate the World Lemur Festival

Help us celebrate lemurs and spread the word about their conservation on World Lemur Day and during the World Lemur Festival! World Lemur Day is the last Friday of October, and the World Lemur Festival is celebrated around the world in the weeks surrounding it.

Ring-tailed lemur. Photo by Mathias Appel.

Share about Lemurs on Social Media, but Avoid Lemur Selfies!

Visit the Lemur Conservation Network on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Share our posts to help your friends and family learn about, and love, lemurs.

But, please don’t share any photos with lemurs that are pets, might be pets, or might look like pets to someone else! Research shows that sharing lemur selfies makes people more likely to want one as a pet. This impacts the illegal pet trade of lemurs in Madagascar, because local people see posts online of pet lemurs and then want one of their own. Don’t share any photo that shows lemurs in close contact with a human or in clothing.

Travel to See Lemurs

An image of a palm thatched tree-house at the Masoala Forest Lodge overlooking the stunning beach.

Travel to Madagascar

Madagascar is amazing to visit to see beautiful landscapes, see lemurs in the wild, and learn about the Malagasy culture. And, tourism helps the economy in Madagascar, and provides good jobs for local people. It also helps people see value in the protection of lemurs and the forests they call home.

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Visit the Duke Lemur Center in North Carolina

With more than 200 animals across 14 species, the DLC houses the world’s largest and most diverse population of lemurs outside Madagascar. During warm months, many of them are free ranging.

Make Sustainable Choices at Home

Madagascar, its wildlife, and the Malagasy people are directly impacted by climate change and deforestation. In recent decades, extreme weather is increasing, causing severe droughts in the south and worse typhoons in the north.

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Lower Your Carbon Footprint

If we all live sustainably, we can reduce the impacts of climate change and protect islands like Madagascar which are most at risk of extreme weather.

Slash-and-burn agriculture remains one of the biggest threats to lemurs and their habitat in the Andasibe region.

Don’t Buy Rosewood

Rosewood is an endangered tree species found in northeast Madagascar. Despite being illegal, it is heavily logged to create luxury furniture that is exported, often to Asia.

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Search with Ecosia.org

Ecosia is a search engine, just like Google and Bing, but it plants trees! 80% of their profits are donated to plant trees through Eden Reforestation Projects. Eden is a member of the Lemur Conservation Network that has planted over 340 million trees in Madagascar, and even more around the world!

Add Ecosia to your browser so that every search plants trees.