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World Lemur Day: Friday, October 29, 2021

World Lemur Day and the World Lemur Festival

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

The next World Lemur Day will be celebrated on October 29, 2021.

World Lemur Day is celebrated each year on the last Friday of October. The World Lemur Festival is celebrated around the world in the weeks surrounding World Lemur Day.

Help us celebrate lemurs and spread the word about their conservation on World Lemur Day and during the World Lemur Festival! During the festival, we inspire people to love lemurs and join us in saving them from extinction. With a staggering 98% of lemur species threatened with extinction and 31% categorized as Critically Endangered, the time to act is now.

RESOURCES FOR CELEBRATING

These resources help zoos, conservation organizations, and individuals participate in World Lemur Day and the World Lemur Festival. Information tailored for the 2021 World Lemur Festival will be available on this page by September 1, 2021.

Contact us to learn more about participating.

2020 World Lemur Festival Events Map

2020 Event Calendar

The 2020 festival included virtual and in person events in Madagascar and around the world. This calendar is updated each year with events and participating organizations.

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Social Media Guide

Find tips for social media messaging, including event hashtags, key messages, and examples of social media posts.

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Participation Guide

Find virtual event ideas and easy ways that zoos, conservation organizations, and individuals can participate in the World Lemur Festival.

Travs Travels World Lemur Day episode

Inspiration and Examples for Wildlife Days

Find inspiration for participating in wildlife days like World Lemur Day. Resources include tips for virtual events, podcasts, social media, videos, and teaching activities.

Our Malagasy team wearing some of the shirts designed by illustrators in our store.

World Lemur Festival Store

Sales from our TeeSpring store support lemur conservation. For 2020, 8 illustrators designed t-shirts and other products featuring a variety of lemur species and illustration styles.

2020 World Lemur Festival Logo

Download Logo Files

We encourage you to use the World Lemur Day or Festival logos. Using the free Raleway font, they are available with 3 species of lemur in this Dropbox folder with text and color options.

HISTORY OF THE WORLD LEMUR FESTIVAL

The first World Lemur Festival was celebrated in 2014, and was organized by Professor Jonah Ratsimbazafy of GERP Madagascar.

The first festival was held only in the capital city of Antananarivo, Madagascar. It raised awareness about the value of lemurs as Madagascar’s unique natural heritage among scientists and the general public. It aimed to awaken pride for lemurs in Malagasy people, improve the economy through tourism, and promote lemur conservation and education worldwide.