HOUSTON ZOO CALL OF THE WILD SPEAKER SERIES PRESENTS
Madagascar: On the Verge of Extinction
Featuring Dr. Jonah Ratsimbazafy
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust
(HOUSTON) January 23, 2012 … The Houston Zoo’s Call of the Wild Speaker Series opens the 2012 season on Wednesday, February 15 at 7 p.m. in the Brown Education Center with Dr. Jonah Ratsimbazafy, Madagascar Coordinator of the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust.
What’s your idea of a good time? Dinner with family and friends? Seeing the latest Hollywood blockbuster release? Walking a quiet remote beach? For one world renowned conservationist a good time means spending night after night in the jungles of Madagascar chasing after a camouflaged creature the size of a hamster and discovering a new species in the process, the GERP mouse lemur, named after the French abbreviation for a primate research organization.
Find out what the future holds for Madagascar and its wildlife when you join the Houston Zoo on February 15 for an evening of scrumptious hors d’oeuvers, breathtaking photographs and first-hand stories from Dr. Jonah Ratsimbazafy living and working on the front lines in the effort to help save the world’s wildlife.
Dr. Ratsimbazafy’s presentation begins at 7 p.m. The doors of the Brown Education Center open at 6:30. Get your tickets online at http://www.houstonzoo.org/
Proceeds from the Call of the Wild Speaker Series benefit the Houston Zoo’s local and global conservation initiatives. The Series is generously sponsored by the Charles T. Bauer Foundation, The Tapeats Fund, and Continental Airlines, the official airline of the Houston Zoo and KUHF-FM Houston Public Radio.
Home to some of the most unique wildlife on Earth, Madagascar is truly an island of wonder. Every lemur species and over half the world’s chameleons are found on Madagascar.
As Dr. Ratsimbazafy and a colleague recently told New York Times blogger Rachel Nuwer, the idea of unknown species waiting to be discovered only increases conservationists’ sense of urgency about collecting more data and encouraging the protection of the forests.
The hope is that an agreement will be reached with the people of Madagascar to set aside a certain portion of the Sahafina forest where the mouse lemur was discovered for conservation. “We want them to be proud of the forest,” said Dr. Ratsimbazafy.