Penelope Bodry-Sanders of New York was already concerned for Madagascar after her flight over the island gave her a view of its deforestation problems. But when she saw her first lemur, a critically endangered mammal indigenous only to Madagascar, that was it. “My heart was taken, consumed, stolen. I wanted to do something about it,” she said.
She founded the Lemur Conservation Foundation in Myakka City in 1996, where it now is home to 51 lemurs of different species.