86,402 Seconds in Madagascar
Organized by: Mike Corey
We Did It! & New Impact Video
March 31, 2016
I’m in Madagascar with the 24-Hour Impact Project trying to save the Greater Bamboo Lemur, a critically endangered species.
The creatures of Madagascar have always fascinated me: color-changing chameleons, geckos that look like leaves, and lemurs that dance through the forest. Most of Madagascar’s animals are found nowhere else on the planet, but shockingly 80% of Madagascar's forests have been destroyed in the past 40 years.
Of all the creatures with backbones, lemurs are the closest to extinction. 90% of lemur species will be extinct in 20 years if we don’t do something about it. So, we’ve come to Madagascar to help do exactly that
The Greater Bamboo Lemur is one of the most endangered species. There are only 500 left on earth, two of which are living in Ranomafana National Park. They are a father and daughter pair and will not breed.
Four miles away, living outside of the protection of park, is a population of 100. This group of Greater Bamboo Lemurs is on the edge. Threatened by deforestation, lack of appropriate food, and hunting, they will not survive. Farmland separates these two groups of lemurs and is impossible to cross.
Even the loss of one of these lemurs is a great tragedy. We can’t let this happen. Together, we can save an endangered species. How incredible is that!? We have 24 hours to raise $10,000. Please help, every dollar counts!
Materials to plant and maintain a 4-mile bamboo corridor
Employing local villagers to plant and maintain the bamboo corridor
Portable GPS, walkie-talkies, radar detectors and all the technology needed to monitor lemur behavior
4 radio collars to track 4 lemur families and ensure their safety
Employ lemur specialists to ensure the safe relocation of our species
Weatherproof, camouflage, and motion-censored cameras that photograph lemur movements in the jungle.