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A Guide to Celebrating the World Lemur Festival

World Lemur Day and the World Lemur Festival is for everyone all over the world—lemur fans and conservation leaders, scientists and artists, teachers and students, kids and parents, and YOU! We encourage everyone to find a way to celebrate lemurs for World Lemur Day and the World Lemur Festival.

Events are held around the world at zoos, schools, universities, museums, restaurants, and more. Often, these events raise funds for members of the Lemur Conservation Network. Some choose to raise funds for a specific project; others support a favorite organization or one that is based near them. We invite you to use this guide to inspire your own event.

Event Calendar for the World Lemur Festival Buy World Lemur Day T-Shirts

If you know of an event that’s not listed, let us know!

Lemur crafts for kids at the Central Florida Zoo's Lemur Conservation Day. Photo by Corey Romberg.

Lemur crafts for kids at the Central Florida Zoo’s Lemur Conservation Day. Photo by Corey Romberg.

Education Activities and Events

  • Hold a Lemur Conservation Day at your Local Zoo or Park (or encourage your zoo to do so)
  • Give talks about lemurs at Schools, Museums, Community Centers (especially if you’re a scientist, or have traveled to Madagascar and can share photos!)
  • Organize a lemur activity or presentation at your child’s school

Lemur Happy Hour at a Local Bar or Restaurant

Donation can from the Lemur Conservation Network launch party.

Donation can from the Lemur Conservation Network launch party, next to a funky lemur bobblehead we auctioned off.

Several LCN member organizations hold happy hours for the World Lemur Festival. These can be a great way to meet fellow conservationists and geek out about lemurs, while also raising money for lemur conservation.

Raise money for an LCN member organization

First, be sure to choose what organization you will be supporting before the event, so you can tell event goers all about them. People are more likely to donate if they know how great the organization is, and what their donations will support.

  • Decorate a can for donations, and collect them throughout the night.
  • Hold a raffle. Raffle items could be small crafts you purchased on a trip to Madagascar or artwork. Or, collect raffle items from local businesses.
  • Arrange with the bar or restaurant for a percentage of sales from the night to benefit your charity.
  • If there is an LCN member that is based near where you live, holding the event in their honor will help you make their work more relevant to attendees.
  • Invite someone from the organization you are supporting to do a short video about their work and thank everyone for their support.

Make it educational

  • Hold lemur trivia!
  • Make a lemur or Madagascar information sheet
  • Bring photos or other Madagascar items for display
  • If the restaurant has a projector, make a slide show of lemur photos and information to be shown all night.

Make it fun

Promote Your Event

  • Email local bloggers and encourage them to write a post about your event.
  • Submit your event to online newspapers and event websites to be included in their event calendar.
  • Send a message to Meetup and Facebook groups about conservation, animals, and zoos, so people in the group know about your event.
  • Be sure to tell them who you are raising money for and that you are part of the World Lemur Festival!
  • Contact us and we will add your event to our calendar

Raise Money for your Favorite Lemur Organization

Red ruffed lemur photo by Matthias Appel

Red ruffed lemur photo by Matthias Appel

Pick a lemur organization, and then see how much money you can raise for them all week or month!

  • Ask your friends and family for an early (or late) birthday gift
  • Ask a local cafe if you can put a donation can at their cafe for the week (Be sure to leave an information sheet with it, so people know what they are supporting!)
  • Join with your friends to symbolically adopt some lemurs!
  • Fundraise online for a lemur organization

Wear Lemur-Themed Clothes

Buy a World Lemur Festival tshirt or sweatshirt!

Buy a World Lemur Festival tshirt or sweatshirt!

Buy the World Lemur Festival T-Shirt

Buy World Lemur Day T-Shirts

Wear a Lemur Costume! (even to work, we won’t judge!)

Post All Week on Social Media

Dedicate a week of your social media posts to lemurs! Post cute photos, share interesting facts, link to articles about lemur conservation, and encourage your friends and followers to support lemur conservation by donating, volunteering, and traveling to Madagascar!

Use the hashtags #WorldLemurDay and #WorldLemurFestival in your social media.

Share our social media graphics or create your own!

Share our social media graphics or create your own!