Scientific study is central to the Lemur Conservation Foundation’s mission. Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the 120-acre Myakka City Lemur Reserve encompasses two fenced forests where many of the resident lemurs range freely. This habitat invites authentic behaviors, enabling scientific research and field training programs. For approved projects we offer:
- Opportunities to study free-range lemur colonies under natural conditions
- Access to the Mianatra Center for Lemur Studies and Bladstrom Library
- More than 20 acres of inhabited forest and enclosures
- On-site housing and logistical support
LCF only considers projects that do not involve physiological or psychological harm. The LCF Scientific Advisory Council (SAC) and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) review all proposals, and the approval process averages about four weeks.
In addition to independent research, professors regularly bring students to Myakka City for intensive field schools and training programs incorporated into for-credit courses at their universities. At LCF students can observe lemurs in a controlled but natural setting, allowing future primatologists to gain valuable firsthand field experience.
To propose a research project or arrange a field school at the Myakka City Lemur Reserve, contact conservation program manager Devin Edmonds at firstname.lastname@example.org.