The Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF) is a small non-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the primates of Madagascar through captive breeding, scientific research, and education. Our mission is to preserve and contribute to the worldwide genetic pool of lemur species through captive breeding and to practice the best conservation possible in terms of both our ex-situ and in-situ efforts.
The fact that these animals are free-ranging in the Myakka City Lemur Reserve year round, makes for easy transfer to a reserve in Madagascar, should the opportunity arise. The LCF works closely with its sister reserve in Madagascar, Tampolo Forest Reserve. The foundation focuses on lemur species that are not already well represented in zoological parks or other captive breeding programs. We call these "no room in the ark" species or "orphan" species because they are not the big, flashy, charismatic genotypes that can become flagship species for use in attracting wide public interest and funding. Nevertheless, they should be protected for their inherent value and their significance to the larger picture of primate evolution and ecology.
Singer, songwriter and environmental activist Razia Said spent her childhood in the vanilla-growing region of Madagascar's northeast coast. After years of living abroad, she returned to discover her country's landscape ravaged by illegal logging, slash and burn agriculture and the impact of climate change.
In an effort to raise awareness at the local and international level, Razia organized the Mifohaza Masoala (Wake Up Masoala) music/environmental festival, which took place at the edge of the Masoala Rainforest in October 2011. Before the concert local inhabitants planted a total of 20,000 trees.