At least 17 species of lemurs have become extinct on the island nation of Madagascar because of habitat loss and poaching. Of the more than 100 known species of lemurs, all are considered endangered.
When you purchase a ticket to attend Party Madagascar, a portion of the proceeds supports organizations like Dr. Patricia Wright’s WISE Tropics Inc, Madagascar Fauna Group, Duke Lemur Center, and Lemur Conservation Foundation. Starting in 2019, you will be able to sponsor individual tree plantings in the zoo as well. Funds raised will reforest public and privately-owned lands in Madagascar and provide support for forest stewards to ensure the long-term forest and community health.
Seneca Park Zoo partners with multiple Malagasy organizations like Dr. Patricia Wright’s WISE Tropics Inc, Madagascar Fauna Group, Duke Lemur Center, Lemur Conservation Foundation, and others to work on community-based conservation programs. These programs are supported via grants from our Party Madagascar Docent-led event and money raised onsite. The programs include community education programs, sustainable workforce development, and community reforestation initiatives. Seneca Park Zoo has been supporting programs like these for over 20 years.
In recent years, Seneca Park Zoo staff has traveled to Madagascar to conduct bio surveys, documenting the plants and animals in the One Cubic Foot Project, as well as sponsoring a forestry specialist to integrate the Zoo in the reforestation more deeply.
Currently, we are developing a new project that uses remote sensing technologies and a conservation impact tool to gives our Madagascar donors access to the impact of their conservation investment in our reforestation projects.