A Bandit with a Happy Ending

In January 2017, the Marat Karpeka Lemur Foundation was made aware that a female raccoon had no suitable living conditions in Cyprus. Her temporary home for over 10 month was kindly offered by Sharon from PET STOP Boarding Kennels and Cattery, Aradippou village, Larnaka.

In October 2017, together with some animal groups and volunteers in Cyprus and months of hard work, the raccoon was transported to AAP Holland where she will be rehabilitated and later released to integrate with a larger raccoon group in their sanctuary.

On the way to the airport


Savoring the rays of the glorious Cypriot sunshine for the last time


This bandit has to be screened too!


Some of the wonderful people in Cyprus who helped transport the raccoon


   Who thought raccoons cannot be pensive? This lady is going to greener pastures and is grateful that the stars were aligned for her


Crate going up to the plane’s belly


Crate is securely fastened for the flight


   Here is the female raccoon that has met a friend in the quarantine enclosure. They will remain in quarantine until the end of year before being released.




We take the plight of all animals seriously. While our focus is on lemurs, if something is on our doorstep and we have the power to make a positive change, it is an opportunity that is meant for taking.

We would be deeply grateful if you can help us make a difference with not just the lemurs but off-cases such as this raccoon.

The Marat Karpeka Lemur Foundation is fortunate to have a supporter who wanted to share her journey with our readers. We hope that this can brighten your day and inspire you.


I’m Katerina. I’m originally from Poland. I was a staff member of the Polish Embassy for 10 years and now have transitioned to work in the IT industry.

 I would like to share my story with you about how I started supporting the Marat Karpeka Lemur foundation.

 I have always loved animals and my childhood dream was to become a vet but destiny took me to another field of work and became a teacher by education. I own a rescue dog, Charlie – a Brittany spaniel and I had many animals in the past. I like spending time somewhere in the mountains, taking long walks with Charlie.

 Volunteering is something that I am passionate about too. I was a volunteer teacher for children from broken families in Poland. I also was a volunteer at a dog shelter a few years ago and believe that it is better to give a furry friend a second chance in life by adopting from a shelter before buying from pet stores.

 I feel best when I am close to nature and animals. I don’t really like visiting zoos, because it seems that the animals suffer immensely there. In primary school I refused joining the field trips to the zoo, not to mention the circus! I do not wear leather by choice and I always check that the products I use has not been tested on animals. My ultimate dream is to visit Africa on a safari trip to see wild animals in their natural environment.

 One day I saw a TV program on National Geographic about Madagascar and lemurs. And I thought: “Wow, they are so cute but very vulnerable”. 90% of the species is endangered –  if we do not unite and do something right now, they will disappear from the Earth in the near future. I believe as human beings we should take the necessary actions and prevent lemurs’ extinction. This is our common responsibility.

 What would you say to your child or a grandchild watching the Madagascar movie or showing the picture of extinct lemur in the book knowing that you could have done something in the past but you didn’t?

 I decided to join the conservation movement and started to donate in 2016. My friend introduced me to the Marat Karpeka Lemur foundation, a small fund that makes huge efforts in order to save lemur populations in Madagascar. The foundation also supports the local community by helping improve their livelihoods through infrastructure (wells, farming improvements) and educating the next generation via the yearly Lemur Festival that is aimed at children. I met Marina Surskova, one of the team members and she told me about their challenges. This made me realize that even a small contribution of every single person matters.

We are happy to have known a like-minded individual such as Katerina to help with our cause. Help us pave the way for a brighter future for the lemurs with healthier populations, every little bit of support counts. If you have any questions or would like to share your story like Katerina, please contact us.