My Lunch with a Lemur

Sophie helps to plan an extraordinary fundraiser for Conservation Ambassadors.

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have lunch with a Lemur?   

How about snacks with a Slow Loris?

Pasta with a Porcupine?  If so, you are going to love this event!

In May of 2017 I was honored to help produce an amazing fundraiser for a wonderful organization called Conservation Ambassadors.  Hosted by the incredibly generous Linda Yates and her husband Paul Holland, this event is all about heart. It provides a one of a kind animal experience to over 200 people annually. Linda and Paul graciously open their extraordinary home, Tah.Mah.Lah, for the occasion, turning the most eco-effective home in the U.S. into an up-close, interactive and insightful zoo.  An immersive environment where you can hold a snake, pet a kangaroo, feed a camel, have a baby coyote give you kisses, an elephant give you a hug, or even stroke a 5 foot long alligator.

David and Sammi


Conservation Ambassadors is led by the enigmatic David Jackson, his dedicated wife Lisa, and their awesome daughter Sammi (Samantha). The organization strives to save, nurture, and protect wild animals that have been placed in less than ideal living situations. Many of the animals they rescue have come to them due to fires, animal refuge downsizing, land expansion, and of course human error (nobody should think that a mountain lion or alligator make a good family pet).  Their mission statement is as follows:

Giving a worldwide voice to wildlife by providing a permanent, loving home for displaced, abused, abandoned or permanently injured wild and exotic animals. Sharing these animal ambassadors through our Zoo to You outreach program helps educate school children and learners of all ages about conservation, connecting them to the wild world and inspiring them to protect the planet.

So what exactly does a Lemur eat for lunch?

To find out, our guests visited our Animal Cafe where they chose a recipe card,

visited the pantry,

and then prepped the meal in our Cafe kitchen. Here kids dice, measure, weigh, and mix up tasty treats for a variety of animals.

  The food was then stored in buckets to be served to the appropriate animals after the event.

Want to learn more about Conservation Ambassadors or this amazing fundraiser?  Check out the CA website

And if you live in Northern California and you’d like a personal invitation to the event, send me a note.  I’ll keep you up to date on how you too can take a walk on the wild side next year.

See you next year!