BENEFITING: Stony Brook Foundation, Inc.
EVENT DATE: Nov 21, 2014
What’s not to love about lemurs? They’re spunky, innocent, and adorable. They’re only found in Madagascar.
But all 103 lemur species are on the verge of extinction.
The island nation of Madagascar is a one-of-a-kind world where more than 90 percent of its wildlife—including the lemurs—is found nowhere else on the planet.
But illegal logging and slash and burn farming practices are destroying the lemurs’ rainforest home.
At the Centre Val Bio research station in Madagascar, we’ve been studying lemurs for over 25 years. As human’s earliest primate ancestor, the lemurs offer scientists valuable insights about disease, how we primates have adapted over time and what the future holds for our own species to survive.
You could say lemurs are one of the most important animals on Earth.
But they are also the most critically endangered animals on Earth.
Now, you have a chance to save the lemurs. For just $35 you can help us protect their habitat—25,000 acres of pristine rainforest.
Acre by acre. Solution by solution. Dollar by dollar.
Since 1991, we’ve saved 110,000 acres of rainforest that now protects 15 species of lemurs, as well as 10 species of frogs, 15 species of chameleon and 118 species of birds.
We did it then, we can do it again.
But we need you. One Place. One Chance. Let’s do this together.
Centre ValBio, a Madagascar-based research, conservation, and educational organization, can change the course of history for Madagascar and its lemurs.
The brainchild of Stony Brook University Professor Patricia Wright, one of the world’s foremost lemur experts, Centre ValBio represents Wright’s nearly three decade quest to save the lemurs and protect the fragile Madagascar ecosystem upon which thousands of species depend.
In 1991, in cooperation with the Malagasy government, Wright first established Ranomafana National Park. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site - Ranomafana comprises 110,000 acres of pristine rainforest that permanently protects 15 species of lemur (including the rare golden bamboo lemur), 150 species of frogs, 15 species of chameleon, and 118 species of birds.
For more information, visit centrevalbio.org
Dr. Patricia C. Wright is featured in the IMAX® film Island of Lemurs: Madagascar. Dr. Wright founded Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar and now runs Centre ValBio, an education and conservation facility. Photo copyright ©2013 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Photo: Drew Fellman