Lemur Conservation Foundation Inc
PO Box 249
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 Rivirre
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Organization DBA
Supported Organization
Former Names
Lower Primate Conservation Foundation
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1996
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes June 2017
State Registration Yes Dec 2016
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $533,525.00
Projected Expenses $737,979.00
Other Documents
Impact Statement
  1. LCF has developed a new Campus Plan to keep up with the success of our growing lemur colony in Myakka City, FL. The innovative plan will include the creation of  a new forest habitat, shelter, clinic, and quarantine for the lemurs as well as overhead pathways to connect new and existing facilities. LCF is kicking off our campaign for the Campus Plan and will break ground on the new forest area and lemur shelter in 2016. 
  2. LCF’s Field School is for university and graduate level students who need essential professional experience in field research and provides a safe and affordable USA based program. LCF added two new universities to their program in 2015, Eastern Kentucky University and Colorado College, and hopes to add an additional program in 2016.
  3. Our Ako Conservation Eduction Program & Teachers' Institute creates conservation education materials for teachers and zoo and museum educators. The lesson plans meet standards in math, social sciences, language, and art, and the importance of conservation and biodiversity, with an emphasis on lemurs and Madagascar. LCF is working with Dr. Francine Dolins of University of Michigan-Dearborn to test some of the lessons in Detroit and Madagascar. LCF will be making additional materials and resources available to teachers via our website and professional workshops in 2016.
  4. LCF is working with the Madagascar National Parks and communities surrounding Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve 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. In 2015, LCF worked with park officials to provide demarcation plaques around the entire park to aid park protection and constructed facilities for the only tourist and researcher camp in the reserve. In 2016, LCF will be working closely with communities to create tree nurseries, increase conservation education programs, and provide access to family planning services. We will also be conducting lemur surveys in the reserve and continuing to support the Madagascar National Park service in its efforts to protect the pristine forest. 
  5. Internships in Primate Husbandry and Field Research are offered at LCF to help young professionals establish themselves in the highly competitive field of conservation biology and allow them to contribute to science. LCF provided paid internships to 6 professionals in 2015 and will continue its successful and valuable internship program in 2016.
Needs Statement
1. Construction of new forest habitat to provide large, naturalistic and enriching environments for the lemurs. $65,000
2. Construction of a new lemur shelter to provide a safe indoor shelter area for forest lemurs. $225,000
3. Construction of a clinic and quarantine area. $650,000
4. Funds to help support our work in Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve to protect the 11 lemur species in the park and increase community projects to improve livelihoods and reduce the reliance on protected forest resources. $50,000
5. 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
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 120-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
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Animal Related
Secondary Org Type Science & Technology
Tertiary Org Type Environment
lemur, lemurs, primate, Lemur Conservation Foundation, Myakka City Lemur Reserve, Lower Primate Conservation Foundation, LCF
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

Since its inception, LCF has recognized that it had to approach conservation by every possible means. In addition to scientific research, education and captive breeding, the Foundation has always used art to advance its mission. LCF holds that art is one of the greatest vehicles for conservation because it touches us emotionally where intellectual facts sit in our brains for a time and then dissipate into the atmosphere. It further contends that without feeling strongly about losing the world around us, we humans will never really 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.
CONSERVATION & MANAGED BREEDING - 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,  the most endangered primate species in the world, with 90% of the over 100 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 both sets of issues.
Our goal is to preserve and contribute to the genetic pool of lemur species at our facility, 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 were 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 Association of Zoological and Aquariums Species Survival Program committees for the species we are working with.
Program Success Monitoring
Our Scientific Advisory Board, LCF Veterinary staff 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 captive 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. Our facility in Myakka City has been a field-training site for students at the university level for short-term classes on logistics and techniques of fieldwork for 13 years.  In 2014 we are adding more field education opportunities.

2. We conduct age and audience specific classes and presentations in our community  to discuss how the environmental crisis Madagascar is experiencing effects their ability to sustain viable populations, and lead discussions about environmental impact.

3. LCF uses social media and technology to promote engagement and learning about lemurs, conservation biology, and science. Our tools include facilities at our Myakka City conservation habitats, other resources in lemur science and education, art programs, and the Bladstrom Library at LCF.                

Budget $25,000
Category Education, General/Other Educational Research
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Other Named Groups
Short Term Success
Continued interest from Universities to hold field training classes.
Long Term Success
In addition to supporting student education, the program further supports research conducted by LCF staff and visiting researchers in their continuing efforts to preserve these endangered animals. Students who went through out field training program continue to do work in Madagascar and become future conservationists and researchers helping to protect and learn about lemurs.
Program Success Monitoring
After each presentation or field training program evaluation forms are monitored to ensure adjustments to the programs are made to increase the students and professors experience.
Program Success Examples
In 2012 there was interest from 5 professors to utilize LCF as a location for field training classes. To date 3 have committed and 1 class was already completed. As of spring 2013, 2 universities offer undergraduate credit for LCF Field Training School.
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. In addition, we are designing a traveling exhibit for and resources for museum and zoo educators. 
The initial education focus was within Madagascar, where the link between female literacy and increased conservation results has been proven. Education outreach efforts are now in England, North America, and China.

In addition to sets of books for children, the program links conservation and education professionals with teachers in the USA, Europe, and Madagascar.  Teacher’s resources include posters focusing on lemur habitats, and lesson plans that supplement math, science, language arts, geography, and arts education.  Teachers have the opportunity to attend 'Ako Workshops' to receive continuing education credits and become 'Ako Certified' conservation educators.

The traveling exhibit will engage both the public and educators.
Budget $43,000
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 Ako Project team leaders and partners, inlcuding Dr. Allison Jolly, Dr. Hantanirina Rasamimanana, Dr. Francine Dolins, Dr. Helen Clarke, and Dr Hanta Rakotomavo.  In addition to these education and conservation scholars, partners include Natures Path, LCF, and the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
Program Success Examples The Ako Project has produced and distributed materials 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. The materials are being translated into Chinese, with distribution in China as a goal  for the near future.
The Teachers’ Institute is a summer professional development program taught at our Myakka City habitats and other locations in the community.  The Institute exposes teachers to hands on field science, and specialized tools and techniques in a working science environment. We work with them to create stimulating conservation education resources for their classrooms, and to share with their colleagues.

Teachers in groups of 10 or 12. Leading national scientists share their expertise and provide hands-on activities designed to excite and motivate young science students. Using LCF's lemur colony and the native habitat as a resource, participants engage in day-to-day science through a field-training program where they learn  field techniques and share the enthusiasm of conservation professionals. The program provides continuing education credits for educators, and an opportunity to become 'Ako Certified' conservation educators.

Budget $10,000
Category Education, General/Other Teacher & Faculty
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) US& International
Short Term Success Short term success of the program is measured by feedback from the teachers and scientists who participate in the program. Our goal is to help teachers incorporate techniques of field biology in their classroom. Through exposure to field biology and science we can inspire students to careers in science, and also motivate them to make good conservation and sustainability decisions in their communities.
Long Term Success Long term success of the program is measured by increased number of participants and our ability to welcome more groups to the reserve each year. Conservation Education is a core principle of our mission in our community, the USA and Madagascar.
Program Success Monitoring Program success is monitored by the LCF Director of Research and Operations and participating scientists. We also solicit responses from participating teachers to be sure their experience at LCF is relevant to their classroom goals.
Program Success Examples

The first Sarasota Teachers’ Institute for Conservation Biology workshop took place in June 2007 at LCF’s Myakka facilities. The workshop was very successful and received glowing reviews from all the participants. In the words of an attending middle school science teacher: “I was blown away by the wealth of information that I really did not have before this class.”

The teachers attended eight lectures given by prominent experts, did field research and observed and recorded animal behavior. Using their new skills, they developed new lesson plans to be used in their own classes. We are very confident that the Teachers’ Institute will become one of the pillars of LCF’s educational mission.

Description LCF is working to protect Anjanharibe-Sud Special reserve in Madagascar and the 11 lemurs that call the reserve 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 $90,000
Category Animal-Related, General/Other Wildlife Preservation & Protection
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Africa Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Short Term Success
Complete 100% boundary demarcation by the end of 2016.Currently 80% of the park has been completed.
Increase ecotourism in the reserve by 25% through the establishment and promotion of a tourist and researchers camp. 
Conduct at least 3 conservation education workshops in 2 schools near the park. 
Complete lemur surveys and provide the results to the Madagascar National Parks and publish results in a scientific journal. 
Establish a tree nursery with at least 100 trees. 
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. The last survey was conducted in 1996 and 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 that 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 programs provide an important safety net for individuals 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 programs 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.
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Alison Grand
CEO Term Start Jan 2016
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Dr. Erik Patel Ph.D.Conservation Program Director
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 5
Part Time Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate % 40
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
 University Field Training Programs
  • Portland State University
  • University of Florida Miami
  • Ekerd College
  • New College
  • University of Michigan Dearborn
  • Colorado College
  • Eastern Kentucky University

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
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government Yes
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years 5
Strategic Plan Adopted Apr 2013
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 utilizing this opportunity to standardize and craft job descriptions for our organization. We are planning for present positions, and for positions, we need as our organization grows. We have had several facilitation session to help define roles, and to help us plan for future positions. Our goal is developing an understanding of our future needs, and then recruiting accordingly to our growth plan.

Management Comments by Foundation
Planning & Policies Comments by Organization
Planning & Policies Comments by Foundation
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
Board Chair
Board Chair Scott Rivirre
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Apr 2013 to Apr 2016
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
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
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
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 3
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 % 68
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 40
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

LCF applied for an ’I Incredible’ grant from the Gulf Coast Community Foundation to strengthen our board governance and succession planning. We received the grant and began the board governance work in July 2014.  Board growth is a great opportunity- utilizing more professionals to further the LCF mission and continue to craft our message in the US and Madagascar.

Governance Comments by Foundation
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2016
Projected Revenue $533,525.00
Projected Expenses $737,979.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations
Endowment Value $4,377,962.00
Endowment Spending Policy Income Only
Endowment Spending Policy % 3.9
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign 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 0 as of 0
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$405,200$439,459$398,364
Administration Expense$212,707$232,120$212,085
Fundraising Expense$59,867$43,484$62,351
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses2.531.411.53
Program Expense/Total Expenses60%61%59%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%8%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$6,654,944$5,962,219$5,641,437
Current Assets$374,833$513,972$3,871,583
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$24,073$48,239$20,255
Total Net Assets$6,630,871$5,913,980$5,621,182
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $1,484,107Investment Income $402,620Contributions, gifts, grants $627,806
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $206,338Govertnment Grants - Unspecified $287,919Investment Income $376,880
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountProgram Service Revenue $12,958Contributions, gifts, grants $274,386Program Service Revenue $17,137
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $0 - $50,000
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities15.5710.65191.14
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
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 plan and ways 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 PO Box 249
Myakka City, FL 34251
Phone 941 322-8494

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