Lemur conservation attracts national attention

MYAKKA CITY — Yuengling, a ring-tailed lemur, sat with his arms out stretched to soak up the sun's rays on a cool day in Myakka City, Florida.

Lemurs often sit in the "sun-worshipping position" because they have a poor thermo-regulating system. Yuengling is one of about 40 lemurs that are protected at the 90-acre Lemur Conservation Foundation, where the mission is to preserve the primates through research, education and captive breeding.

The lemur preserve has attracted national attention and a $10,000 fellowship grant for Penelope Bodry-Sanders, executive director, for a community project to promote greater environmental health and encourage local residents to conserve land, water and energy.

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