Lemur Conservation Foundation Inc
42500 73rd Ave East
Myakka City FL 34251
Lemur Conservation Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and conservation of the primates of Madagascar through managed breeding, scientific research, education, and art.
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Alison Grand
Board Chair Scott Riviere
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Former Names
Lower Primate Conservation Foundation
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1996
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2018
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement
  1. LCF has made significant progress on our 3-year (2016-2018) capital campaign, Leap for Lemurs, to raise funds for a new lemur shelter, forest, clinic and quarantine. We will soon begin construction on our 3rd forest habitat. Our goal for 2018 is to secure 100% of the funds for our third lemur shelter. The infrastructure is critical to continuing our successful conservation breeding program, ensuring a genetic safety net for critically endangered lemur species.
  2. Our Ako Conservation Education Program creates conservation education materials for teachers and zoo and museum educators. The lesson plans meet standards in math, social sciences, language, and art, and teach the importance of conservation and biodiversity, with an emphasis on lemurs and Madagascar. We have completed our pilot work to assess the impact of the lessons in Madagascar and have printed the US Ako Teacher's Guide, which along with additional supplemental materials, is available for free to school and zoo educators. Our goal for 2018 is to promote the new education program and host local educators at our reserve in Myakka City to learn about lemurs and the Ako Conservation Education Program.
  3. LCF is working with the Madagascar National Parks and communities surrounding Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve (ASSR) in Madagascar to increase park protection, create more sustainable livelihoods, and provide opportunities for children to learn about and develop an appreciation for lemurs and other native wildlife. Recent accomplishments and ongoing programs include: 1) increasing tree nursery and planting initiatives; 2) conducting lemur surveys in ASSR; 3) yam planting training; 4) bringing school groups to ASSR for a weekend of learning about the biodiversity of their neighboring reserve; 5) building community fish ponds; 6) continuing to provide park protection.
Needs Statement
1. Construction of a new lemur shelter to provide a safe indoor shelter area for forest lemurs. $225,000
2. Construction of a clinic and quarantine area. $650,000
3. Assistance in creating a successful volunteer program for reserve maintenance and to support our education and lemur care programs. $0
4. Funds to support LCF's paid internship program, which provides valuable professional opportunities for those seeking a career in conservation, environmental education, research, and zoo keeping. $10,000
5. Promotional materials to highlight our conservation programs in Myakka City, FL and Madagascar. $5000
Background Statement

Inspired by the vision of Dr. Ian Tattersall, internationally renowned biological anthropologist, Penelope Bodry-Sanders founded the Lemur Conservation Foundation(LCF) in 1996. Incorporated in Florida, it is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit publicly supported organization dedicated to the preservation and conservation of lemurs through captive breeding, non-invasive scientific research, and education.

Certified by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), LCF’s 130-acre, non-public Myakka City Lemur Reserve (MCLR), is a campus in the wilds of “old Florida” that includes six buildings, three domed lemur shelters, and a quarantine shelter. The lemurs live naturally in two pristine forests (8-acres and 13-acres) protected by 13’ high fences, yet are readily available for educational and non-invasive research purposes. 

Researchers from around the world come to the MCLR to further the understanding of these fascinating primates. In partnership with several universities, the LCF conducts the unique Field Training Program which teaches students field techniques. LCF also fosters internships in animal husbandry and scientific research.
Education programs include the Teachers Institute for Conservation Ecology, a one-week program that provides high school teachers the necessary scientific background, inspiration and specialized tools and techniques to generate learning opportunities. The program is consistent with the National Science Education Standards and state standards. 

LCF also operates the Mianatra Center for Lemur Studies, the intellectual heart of the reserve and meeting place for staff, visiting researchers, scientists, and teachers. Housed in the Center is the Anne and Walter Bladstrom Library, made up of virtual, digital and physical collections about all things “lemur” - essentially a one-stop globally accessible information resource about lemurs and Madagascar.

In recognition of the power of art to fuel conservation efforts, LCF has always found ways to use art to advance its mission. LCF’s Penelope Fund for Art and Science, an endowment fund established by the Foundation’s Board of Directors to honor Penelope Bodry-Sanders’ retirement, promotes art as a vehicle for conservation both here and in Madagascar. 

The Foundation is a member of the steering committee of Madagascar Fauna Group (MFG).
Areas Served
Areas Served
Areas Served Comments
LCF is an international organization which protects and conserves lemurs at its reserve in Myakka City, Florida and with programs on the ground in Madagascar. LCF serves Malagasy communities by providing them with sustainable living alternatives that will decrease reliance on forest resources. Conservation education in Florida communities helps everyone recognize the importance of the natural world that sustains us.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Science & Technology
Tertiary Org Type Environment
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Since its inception, the Lemur Conservation Foundation has recognized that it had to approach conservation by every possible means. In addition to scientific research, education, and managed breeding, LCF uses art to advance its mission. LCF holds that art is one of the greatest vehicles for conservation because it touches us emotionally. LCF further contends that without feeling strongly about losing the world around us, humans will not act on its behalf.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Educating teachers and students and supporting scientific research is the best way that we can make our daily conservation practices relevant to the future of our planet. Using our charismatic lemurs as representatives of the fragile state of the earth’s biodiversity, we will inspire visitors and empower young scientists to parlay this first-hand primate knowledge and experience into action we cannot imagine today.

LCF’s impact is felt in various communities: In ex situ conservation, its endangered lemur population has more than doubled and in in situ conservation, LCF’s education programs and research pursuits have increased. Teaching and scholarly activities, for example, are flourishing, and the offerings of the Bladstrom Library encompass a diverse and growing collection at the reserve and are augmented by more and more information on LCF’s electronic highway.


In Madagascar the LCF reserve is located in the Protected Area of Tampolo which is located in one of the remnant littoral forests in Eastern Madagascar. In spite of its small size of about 1482 acres and the fact that it is surrounded by degraded land and deforested landscape, the forest of Tampolo harbors a spectacular array of endemic plants and animals, most of which are endangered, including seven species of lemurs.


Human activities such as over-harvesting of trees for timber and fuel combined with slash and burn agriculture for the cultivation of rice and maize have directly threatened Tampolo's biodiversity.


Over the last eight years working in Madagascar, LCF has underwritten the construction of the Tampolo Museum and Interpretative Center,  underwrote both the construction of a guesthouse (Reed and Barbara Toomey Tranosoa Tampolo) for visiting scientific researchers, and the construction of Centre EnviroKidz Tampolo, a classroom/community center thanks to funds from Envirokidz Giving Back Program.
Madagascar is one of the most important biodiversity spots on earth, with more than 80% of its flora and fauna found no where else. Lemurs are among the most endangered mammals in the world with over 90% of 107 species threatened with extinction within the next few decades. Habitat loss and poor agricultural practices threaten both lemurs and human communities in Madagascar. LCF works to solve these issues.

Our goal is to preserve and contribute to the genetic pool of lemur species at our reserve, and to practice the best conservation possible in our ex-situ and in-situ efforts. Our free-ranging lemurs in Myakka City have the chance to engage in wild behaviors, making it possible to transfer them to a reserve in Madagascar, should the opportunity present itself. We are working closely with conservation efforts in Madagascar through our Scientific Advisory Committee and partners, one of whom co-founded the Beza Mahafaly Reserve.
Budget $90,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International US& International US& International
Short Term Success
Annual viable births for the mothers who are recommended to breed.
Healthy population at the reserve which will be determined by our Veterinarian and the AZA Prosimian Veterinary advisor.
Long Term Success
Continual growth of the lemur population as directed by the Species Survival Plan Program developed by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Program Success Monitoring
LCF Scientific Advisory Board, LCF Veterinarian, and the AZA Prosimian Tag Veterinary Advisor.
Program Success Examples
LCF has live births every year, with over 25 births in the past three years. Our success with managed breeding of specific lemur species is recognized by the AZA and other certified institutions. Our reserve in Myakka City has had several 'forest births' among our population of free-ranging female lemurs. This is significant in view of the ultimate goal, re-introducing lemurs to the forest of Madagascar, their only wild home.

  1. Scientific study is central to LCF's mission. Accredited by the AZA, the Myakka City reserve encompasses fenced forests where many of the lemurs range freely. This habitat invites authentic behaviors, enabling scientific research and field training program opportunities to study lemur colonies under natural conditions. Approved projects include access to the Mianatra Center for Lemur Studies and the Anne & Walter Bladstrom Library, more than 20 areas of inhabited forest and enclosures, on-site housing and logistical support.
  2. Professors bring students to the reserve for intensive field schools incorporated into for-credit courses at their universities. Students observer lemurs in a controlled but natural setting, allowing future primatologists to gain valuable, first-hand field experience.
  3. We conduct age- and audience-specific classes and presentations in our community to discuss how Madagascar's environmental crisis impacts the island's ability to sustain viable populations.
  4. LCF uses social media and technology to promote engagement and learning about lemurs, conservation and science. Our Mianatra Center for Lemur Studies combines office and meeting space with the Anne & Walter Bladstrom Library as a valuable educational resource.                

Budget $25,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Research
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Other Named Groups
Short Term Success
Continued and growing interest from universities to hold field training classes.
Long Term Success
The program promotes further education and research to preserve these endangered primates.
Program Success Monitoring
After each presentation or field training program, evaluation forms provide valuable feedback to continually enhance the students' and professors' experience.
Program Success Examples
Students who complete the field training program have continued to do work in Madagascar and become conservationists and researchers helping to protect and learn about lemurs.
The Ako Project is LCF's K-5 conservation education program based on The Ako Series. Ako is a set of 6 children’s storybooks about the lemurs of Madagascar.
The initial education focus was within Madagascar, where the link between literacy and increased conservation results has been proven.

The Ako Lessons are 21 lessons designed for teachers and educators to use alongside the Ako books. They are aligned with the National Science Standards as well as the Florida State Standards that incorporate the Common Core. The Ako Educator's Guide compliments the lessons and the plans include activities including science, math, language arts, physical education and art.

Budget $25,000
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served US& International Families Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success The short term success is measured through impact in classrooms, response and feedback from teachers about how the materials work and what they need to continue teaching conservation biology in a productive way.
Long Term Success In Madagascar and in our communities the Ako Project will enhance and sustain early education about conservation biology and environmental impact. The resources provide teachers with tools necessary to lead this discussion as part of their classroom curriculum.
Program Success Monitoring The Ako Project partners include The Jolly Family, Dr. Hantanirina Rasamimanana, Dr. Francine Dolins, and Nature's Path EnviroKidz.
Program Success Examples The Ako Project has been distributed in Madagascar since 2006, and seeks ongoing partnership with other conservation organizations in Madagascar. It expanded to include publication of materials for US based teachers in 2013.
Description LCF is working to protect Anjanharibe-Sud Special reserve in Madagascar and the 11 lemurs that call the it home. LCF is working with the Madagascar National Parks to increase park protection and in the communities surrounding the reserve to develop ways to decrease the reliance on forest resources. Dr. Erik Patel is also conducting lemur surveys to get a better understanding of the current status of the lemurs in the reserve, including the critically endangered silky sifaka and indri.
Budget $100,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Africa Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Short Term Success
  1. Continued boundary demarcation around vulnerable areas.
  2. Increase ecotourism in the reserve through the promotion of a camp for tourists and researchers. 
  3. Continue conservation education workshops in schools near the park. 
  4. Complete lemur surveys and provide the results to the Madagascar National Parks and publish results in a scientific journal. 
  5. Continue the tree nursery and planting initiative. 
Long Term Success The ultimate long-term goal is to preserve the pristine forest of Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve and reverse the decline of lemur species in the forest. Lemur surveys and habitat assessments will allow us to determine if this goal is met.
Program Success Monitoring Our field team meets with and interviews community members and holds village meetings with the elders. The conservation education program also utilizes a pre-post evaluation to understand the impact of the program. Lemur surveys and habitat assessments give quantitative data to demonstrate the impact on lemur and park protection. Multiple years of data will be necessary to best understand the impact of increased park protection. The Madagascar National Parks will also provide the amount of park, porter fees, and jobs created from increased ecotourism and construction projects in the area.
Program Success Examples There has been an increase in tourism already seen by the establishment of the camp in Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve. We have testimonials from community members who are very happy with the increase in income from the tourists and the income created by the new construction in the area. The chief of the village is working closely with us to increase park protection, and we witnessed him destroying a mining camp that we discovered to show that he is committed to ensuring that the park and livelihoods are protected.
Program Comments by Organization

LCF works to protect lemurs with a multi-faceted approach. Our research programs enable us to learn more about lemur behavior and adaptations, information that can help us better protect them in the wild. Our managed breeding program provides an important safety net for lemurs struggling for survival in the wild, and our work in Madagascar helps to ensure that habitat is protected for the future of wildlife and people. Our conservation education program and art initiatives inspire others to help save lemurs and Madagascar. This approach will help ensure a brighter future for Madagascar, lemurs, and our planet.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Alison Grand
CEO Term Start Jan 2016
CEO/Executive Director Email agrand@lemurreserve.org
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Dr. Erik Patel Conservation Program Director
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 6
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 1
Volunteers 5
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Non-Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Selby Gardens
University Field Training Programs:
  • Colorado College
  • Eastern Kentucky University
  • Eckerd College
  • Florida Gulf Coast University
  • New College
  • Portland State University
  • UNC Charlotte
  • University of Michigan-Dearborn
  • University of Miami

Madagascar Fauna Group, Managing Member

Parc Ivoloina, Madagascar
FAZA, Florida chapter of American Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Association of Zoos and Aquariums
Dr. Hanta Rasamimanana, University of Antananarivo & the Berenty Reserve, Madagascar
Madagascar National Park
External Assessments and Accreditations
Association of Zoos and Aquariums- Accreditation
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization

LCF is standardizing and crafting job descriptions for our organization. We have had facilitation sessions to help define roles, and we are planning for future positions that we need as our organization grows.

Other Documents
Other Document 2
Document Retention
Board Chair
Board Chair Scott Riviere
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Apr 2013 to Apr 2019
Board Chair Email rivsco@gmail.com
Board Members
Board Members
John Alexander Community Volunteer
Dr. George Amato American Museum of Natural History
Penelope Bodry-Sanders Community Volunteer
Blair Brown Actress
John Freeman Raymond James
Diane Ledder Retired
Kate Lippincott Rocky Bluff Library
Katharine McKenna Artist
Kathy Miller Community Volunteer
Elizabeth Moore Community Volunteer
Patricia Connolly Pantello volunteer
Judy Rasmuson Community Volunteer
Scott Riviere Community Volunteer
Razia Said Malagasy Artist
Dr. Jessie Williams Health Care
Charlene Heiser Wolff Tria Consulting LLC
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 14
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 12
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 76
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 90
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 20
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Board Development / Board Orientation
Capital Campaign
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization

Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Jan
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2018
Fiscal Year End Month Dec
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $754,000.00
Projected Expenses $754,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $4,805,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose We are raising funds to support operations and for the construction of a new lemur forest habitat, shelter, clinic, and quarantine facility.
Campaign Goal $2,200,000.00
Campaign Dates June 2016 to June 2019
Amount Raised To Date 1500000 as of Jan 2018
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$452,263$405,200$439,459
Administration Expense$226,075$212,707$232,120
Fundraising Expense$54,396$59,867$43,484
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.192.531.41
Program Expense/Total Expenses62%60%61%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%4%8%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$7,122,219$6,654,944$5,962,219
Current Assets$497,263$374,833$513,972
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$30,290$24,073$48,239
Total Net Assets$7,091,920$6,630,871$5,913,980
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $602,120Contributions, gifts, grants $1,484,107Investment Income $402,620
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $284,336Investment Income $206,338Govertnment Grants - Unspecified $287,919
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountNet Income from Sales of Inventory $8,310Program Service Revenue $12,958Contributions, gifts, grants $274,386
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities16.4215.5710.65
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization

LCF is committed to a permanent and enduring presence in the communities we serve. An investment account and endowment is a priority for our organization, providing solvency during fluctuations in market and gifting patterns. Another financial priority is building a deep donor and annual fund. We are engaged in an acquisition and retention plan to engage donors from our area and beyond, to provide the financial support to sustain our mission.

Financial Comments by Foundation Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990s. Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as reported in 990.  Audits available for 2010 and 2011. Total assets reported in 2010 audit: $4,339,833. Net assets reported in 2010 audit: $4,282,778.  Total assets reported in 2011 audit: $4,382,336.  Net assets reported in 2011 audit: $4,367,974. 
Nonprofit Lemur Conservation Foundation Inc
Address 42500 73rd Ave East
Myakka City, FL 34251
Phone 941 322-8494

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