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June 2014 - Lemurs one of the most endangered animal groups on the planet.

The updated Red List from the IUCN notes lemurs as one of the most endangered mammal groups in the world. Patricia Wright has been in Madagascar since 1986 helping to build a team of researchers, conservationists and local naturalists who work together to understand and raise awareness of the country's most recognized ambassador and its habitat. The Centre ValBio supports over 80 Malagasy staff members who facilitate the research and outreach projects from the research campus. Dozens of Malagasy scientists have received training at Centre ValBio.  In 2013, Centre ValBio hosted over 170 researchers from 17 countries for the International Prosimian Congress providing an opportunity for national scientists to share their findings with their international peers. Your donations help assure the continuation of Centre ValBio's efforts to improve the future for lemurs and the people that share their uniquely beautiful island.

Centre ValBio Research Technicians recording behavior of an animal in Ranomafana National Park.

Centre ValBio Research Technicians recording behavior of an animal in Ranomafana National Park.

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Help Dr. Wright Change Lives

Dr. Wright's work in Madagascar would not be possible without the support from various institutions and individuals. Funds are needed for research projects on rainforest biodiversity and the health of people and the environment. With some seed money from a private donor in 2011 Dr. Wright initiated a project on the relationship of infectious diseases between people, their domestic livestock and the wildlife of Ranomafana National Park (RNP). The project has attracted various partnerships with other universities including Emory, Harvard, Princeton and Stanford.

Emily Headrick of Emory University assessing the health of a young villager.     Photo by Carol Clark

Emily Headrick of Emory University assessing the health of a young villager.     Photo by Carol Clark

Dr. Wright and her team at Centre ValBio were instrumental in making the difference between total devastation and survival after the cyclones of 2012. Landslides caused the loss of lives, homes and crops. With the support of many individuals, organizations, school groups and even zoos, Centre ValBio was able to provide food and supplies so that communities could get back on their feet and ready for the next growing season. 

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