I'm Lynne Venart, and I'm passionate about using digital strategy and audience research for conservation.
I am the Board President and Digital Communications Manager for the Lemur Conservation Network, and I have been working to promote lemur conservation in Madagascar and around the world since 2014.
In collaboration with Drs. Kim Reuter, Christoph Schwitzer, Jonah Ratsimbazafy, and Steig Johnson, I was integral to launching the Lemur Conservation Network and growing our online presence. LCN began as a project of the Primate Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission in response to the 2013 lemur action plan, and became an independent non-profit organization in 2021. Our website and social media promote over 60 organizations working to save lemurs from extinction. We also create resources for our member organizations, facilitate collaboration, coordinate fundraising activities, provide connections for volunteers and donors, help zoos educate the public about lemurs, and promote the annual World Lemur Festival and World Lemur Day.
I acheived a Masters in Conservation Biology in Miami University's Project Dragonfly program in 2022, in which I studied field methods and conducting conservation research while traveling the world. I have also completed certificates in Behavior Change for Sustainability from the University of California, San Diego and in Project Management for Wildlife Conservation from WildTeam UK.
My first trip to Madagascar in 2012 inspired me to use my professional skills to protect the island's biodiversity. Two years later, I published a literature review on education in Madagascar and launched the Lemur Conservation Network to promote the conservation organizations working to save it.