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Working together to protect lemurs and their habitat in Madagascar
Working together to protect lemurs and their habitat in Madagascar

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Congratulations +Ash Dykes on completing your Madagascar expedition! Excellent work! 
 
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http://lemurconservationnetwork.org/presskit
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Happy #WorldLemurWeek  everyone! In anticipation of the #WorldLemurFestival , we celebrate lemurs, raise awareness and inspire action all week! Find an event near you: http://lemurconservationnetwork.org/2015-world-lemur-festival-events-calendar/
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We caught up with +Ash Dykes while he was in Fort Dauphin, after he had met with Azafady and Brett from Sainte Luce Reserve. 

Check out the blog post!

http://lemurconservationnetwork.org/catching-up-with-ash-dykes-in-fort-dauphin-madagascar/

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The World Lemur Festival will be celebrated in Madagascar from October 29-31, 2015. We encourage Lemur Lovers around the world to celebrate with us—whether it is on those specific days, or in the weeks surrounding them.

If you plan to hold an event, let us know! We will be posting a map of the worldwide events right here on the Lemur Conservation Network, and sharing your stories! #LemurFansUnited #LemurFansRock #LetsSaveLemurs!

http://lemurconservationnetwork.org/announcing-the-2015-world-lemur-festival/

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"The trek isn't all about seeing the beauty of Madagascar and the glory of setting a record. One important aspect of Dykes' trip is the opportunity to stop and talk with conservationists about the work they're doing to protect Madagascar's endangered wildlife, including the famous yet imperiled lemur species. And he will also do a little work for them, by watching carefully for any sightings of the northern sportive lemur, one of the rarest mammals on the planet with only an estimated 50 individuals left.

Lemurs are the most endangered group of mammals on the planet. They come in an astounding array of sizes, shapes and colors. Each of the more than 100 different species has its own unique traits and quirks, and each filling an ecological niche. The Lemur Conservation Network notes, "Lemurs have important ecological roles and are essential to maintaining the island’s unique forests. Their loss could trigger the extinction of other species in this fragile forest community."

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/guy-walking-1800-miles-across-madagascar-look-elusive-lemur

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"Since last year, the political landscape has shifted," says Christoph Schwitzer, director of conservation for the Bristol Zoological Society and the IUCN Primate Specialist Group. "A new president was elected with new democratic government. Most donors and international funders are back on board."

Optimism is in the air for the first time in years. For Madagascar's wildlife, it can't come soon enough.

http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/26/travel/madagascar-lemurs

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Great news! Save our Species just announced a Lemur call for proposals for projects in Madagascar that address the lemur action plan! Applications accepted now through September 7th! 

http://www.sospecies.org/sos_projects/apply_for_a_grant/

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Our blogger Phil just returned from his first trip to Madagascar! Read all about his time in Ranomafana in search of his favorite lemurs: the black and white ruffed lemurs!

http://lemurconservationnetwork.org/in-search-of-ruffed-lemurs-at-ranomafana-national-park/

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Time to follow this lemur's advice and CHILLAX, lemur style! Happy Friday lemur fans!
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