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How To Help

White-fronted brown lemur enjoying a snack in Marojejy

We can all help save lemurs from extinction.

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 ways you can help, including donating, volunteering, traveling to Madagascar, switching your search engine, and making sustainable choices at home!

BECOME A SUPPORTING MEMBER OF LCN

You can join our network as an individual, conservation organization, research group, zoo, or business. Our supporting members — individuals, businesses, and supporting zoos — contribute financially to our work and allow us to donate even more to small Malagasy organizations. Learn about our membership types.

A group of five adult ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) relaxing in the grass. Photo by Mathias Appel.

Individual Memberships

Show your dedication to lemurs and receive fun benefits, like a supporter sticker sheet and a World Lemur Festival item from our store!

An adult black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata; photo by Mathias Appel).

Business Memberships

Show your dedication to lemurs and receive fun benefits, like a supporter sticker sheet and a World Lemur Festival item from our store!

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Zoo Memberships

Become a supporting zoo member at the Silver, Gold, or Platinum tier to financially support the Lemur Conservation Network and increase your zoo’s conservation impact.

SUPPORT CONSERVATION MEMBERS

Funds are desperately needed for conservation in Madagascar. Find a conservation member and donate to them directly, explore volunteer opportunities, or shop to support conservation!

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Find a Conservation Organization to Support

Use our search tool to find conservation members of the Lemur Conservation Network. Sort by type of lemur, type of conservation work, region of Madagascar, and more.

Welcome to our 2020 World Lemur Festival volunteer team!

Volunteer

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

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Shop

Shop at our store, or find stores supporting our members’ work. Find 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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Celebrate World Lemur Day and 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.

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Learn about Lemurs

View our learning and 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.

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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Search with Ecosia.org and Download the Ecosia App for your Phone

Ecosia is a search engine, just like Google and Bing. But, 80% of their profits are donated to plant trees! Their tree planting partners include LCN members Eden Reforestation Projects in northwest Madagascar and Centre ValBio in the eastern rainforests.

Use the Ecosia browser and search engine so that your online searches plants trees!

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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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.