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For the Love of Lemurs

Cycling for Sifakas

What the heck’s a lemur and, more importantly, what the hell is on that guy’s head?

We’re glad you asked. In fact, it’s the entire point.

Environmental scientist Ivan Steward hopes his unique cycling outfit (which actually isn’t much more outrageous than the neon-Lycra ones we typically see cyclists wearing) will inspire those questions, and some donations too.

Earlier this year Steward quit his day job to bike 1,500 miles around New Zealand’s south island—in lemur costume. The Auckland resident, who has been on the road for more than a month, dresses in an outfit resembling the white lemur he’s aiding with his journey, which is intended to raise awareness about the critically endangered silky sifaka whose population is estimated at only 250 members. Proceeds raised from Steward’s trip are being donated to Simpona, a nonprofit organization devoted to researching and protecting silky sifakas and their habitat.

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