Lemur Love's Mission: Protect lemurs. Empower women. Further science.
Lemur Love's vision: Ensuring lemurs thrive in their forest homes through the power of women, science, and our extended global ‘troop’.
Lemur Love is a US-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organisation that conducts scientific research and partners with Malagasy women to build capacity and promote conservation. Lemur Love was founded in 2012 with a focus to support conservation around the Tsminanampesote National Park (southwest Madagascar). In the years since, the organization has mobilised more than USD$150,000 in funding from small grants, donations and merchandise sales, to support a range of work both in the southwestern part of the Madagascar, and for national issues like increasing the visibility of Malagasy women in science, and to combat the illegal wildlife trade of pet lemurs. At the local level, Lemur Love’s activities have ensured the ongoing collection of one of the longest-running field datasets on ring-tailed lemurs in the spiny forest (important for their conservation in the wild!) and have provided small-scale and finite assistance, including training, to community associations in the village of Efoetse (a 3,000-person village close to the National Park). At the national scale, Lemur Love supported the first nationwide outreach campaigns to combat illegal pet lemur ownership, have advocated for inclusion of Malagasy researchers in international conferences, and in 2019, co-organised the first national conference on women in science together with local partners (Ikala STEM). With the exception of our within Madagascar Director, Lemur Love is a volunteer run organization.