Conservation Heroes Series Talk
24 Nov 2016
Taking place in Gallery 6
Tony King from the Aspinall Foundation will be attending the Powell-Cotton Museum to complete the Conservation Heroes Series. He will be speaking about saving Madagascar's most endangered lemurs. Tony lived in Madagascar for five years, and with his wife created and developed The Aspinall Foundations projects to save the greater bamboo lemur, one of the most endangered primates in the world, and other highly threatened lemurs.
Lemurs are the flagship animals of Madagascar. They occur naturally nowhere else in the world. Over 100 species are now recognised, including the smallest primate in the world, Madame Berthe’s mouse lemur, and one of the most well-known, the ring-tailed lemur. Sadly the lemurs are considered to be the most endangered group of mammals in the world – 90% are thought to be at risk of extinction. The Aspinall Foundation has been working with local partners in Madagascar since 2008 to save some of the most endangered lemurs of all. Surveys to find previously unknown populations, followed by rapid implementation of community-based conservation initiatives at each newly-discovered site, have led to the recovery of the greater bamboo lemur from a total of 100 known individuals eight years ago, to over 1000 today. We are also working to save black-and-white ruffed lemurs, crowned sifakas, and the largest of the living lemurs, the indri. We will look at the success of the projects so far, and discuss the challenges for ensuring the survival of Madagascar’s lemurs into the future. This is the story of a remarkable effort to save one of the most endangered species on the planet from imminent extinction
For more information about the foundation see www.aspinallfoundation.org
£4 per person / members- free