Bodry-Sanders on Mt. Mikeno in Congo (near Akeley's grave site).
Photo courtesy of George Rowbottom.

Penelope Bodry-Sanders is Founder and retired Executive Director of the Lemur Conservation Foundation (LCF), which was founded in 1996 and dedicated to the preservation and conservation
of the primates of Madagascar through captive breeding, scientific research, education, and art.

She retired from New York’s American Museum of Natural History in 1998 after serving the
museum over 18 years in a number of capacities, but primarily as education coordinator for the museum’s international education travel program. She continues her AMNH affiliation as Field Associate in the Division of Anthropology. Her book,
African Obsession: The Life and Legacy of Carl Akeley, about the legendary hunter-turned-conservationist who saved the mountain gorilla
from extinction, was well received and lauded as an important contribution to the body of conservation literature.

Penelope’s own path to conservation was anything but conventional – she started as an Adrian Dominican nun in Chicago before embarking on a career as an actress and singer on and off Broadway in New York for twelve years. Still unfulfilled, she found a home and meaningful community at the AMNH, which nurtured her and inspired her to think and act expansively. Founding and growing the Lemur Conservation Foundation became her raison d'être.

In 2010, Penelope was awarded an Audubon TogetherGreen Fellowship and has been an
Explorers Club Fellow since 1989.


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