Expanding the Frontiers of Knowledge
Madagascar is home to one of the world’s most unique and biologically diverse ecosystems. Working to protect this bionetwork is Stony Brook Foundation’s Centre ValBio–a world-class research station sited on the outskirts of Madagascar’s Ranomafana National Park. Under the direction of world-renowned primatologist Patricia Wright, Centre ValBio facilitates hands-on science to sustain the resources and people of the country.
Lemurs in Danger
Despite being an island nation with remarkable and diverse biological life, much of Madagascar’s wildlife teeters on the verge of extinction. Madagascar is the only country where lemurs can be found in the wild, but 90% of its 103 species of lemur are in danger of disappearing from Earth. Dr. Wright has already done much to develop sustainable conservation ideas, but her talent and passion can be further enhanced.
A World-Class Center
The Holtzman Wildlife Foundation is supporting the construction of the Centre ValBio Lemur Wildlife Center. Building on Centre ValBio’s already-existing and well-established research center, the LWC will help ensure lasting conservation of Madagascar’s rainforests and endemic wildlife and serve scientists as they conduct lemur behavioral observations.
In April 2019, Holtzman Wildlife Foundation also pledged money to help Stony Brook purchase two hectares of land at the Centre Val Bio lemur research center on Madagascar