World Lemur Day and the World Lemur Festival
World Lemur Day is October 29, 2021!
World Lemur Day is celebrated on the last Friday of October. The World Lemur Festival is celebrated around the world in the weeks surrounding World Lemur Day.
During the festival, we inspire people to love lemurs and join us in saving them from extinction. With 98% of lemur species threatened with extinction and 31% critically endangered, the time to act is now. Help us celebrate lemurs and spread the word about their conservation!
RESOURCES FOR CELEBRATING WORLD LEMUR DAY
These resources help zoos, conservation organizations, educators, and individuals participate in World Lemur Day and the World Lemur Festival. Contact us to learn more about participating.
HISTORY OF THE WORLD LEMUR FESTIVAL
The first World Lemur Festival was celebrated in 2014, and was organized by Professor Jonah Ratsimbazafy of GERP Madagascar.
The first festival was held only in the capital city of Antananarivo, Madagascar. It raised awareness about the value of lemurs as Madagascar’s unique natural heritage among scientists and the general public. It aimed to awaken pride for lemurs in Malagasy people, improve the economy through tourism, and promote lemur conservation and education worldwide.
The next year in 2015, zoos, organizations, and individuals around the world joined the annual celebration for World Lemur Day and the World Lemur Festival.
Take a look back at how we celebrated through the years in these blog posts.