Art by Beneficiary Gallery
Lemur Conservation Foundation
The artwork below represents artwork where the artist has voluntarily committed to donate a portion from the sale of the artwork to this conservation cause.
The Lemur Conservation Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the primates of Madagascar through managed breeding, scientific research, education, and art.
Inspired by the work of Dr. Ian Tattersall and alarmed by lemurs’ spiraling decline, museum educator Penelope Bodry-Sanders incorporated a nonprofit in 1996. Within four years, a nine-acre forested lemur enclosure was opened on land in Myakka City, Florida. An office and research center soon followed.
Bodry-Sanders envisioned a comprehensive conservation initiative where art complements science, research dovetails with education, and a breeding program in the United States provides a safety net for native lemur populations, supporting conservation programs in Madagascar. In 2000, LCF welcomed its first transfers, two critically endangered mongoose lemurs. A year later, the foundation partnered with University of Miami anthropologist Dr. Linda Taylor to host its first field-school program for college students.
The mongoose lemurs produced the first infant at the Myakka City reserve, Alejandro, born in 2002.