The Seneca Park Zoo docents are thrilled to announce Party Madagascar 2020 and would like to invite you to participate in virtual event(s) on Friday night, July 24th at 7:00 PM and/or Saturday morning, July 25th at 10:00 AM (Eastern Standard Time).
This year marks the 17th annual Party Mad at the Seneca Park Zoo. Over the last 16 years the docents have raised over $165,000 through Party Mad. These funds have been granted to organizations that support both education and conservation efforts in Madagascar. The docents at Seneca Park Zoo is an all-volunteer group of dedicated individuals who help the Zoo inspire those around us to connect, care for, and conserve wildlife and wild places.
This year, Party Mad is going virtual! There will be two virtual panel discussions with conservation partners on Zoom. We have great moderators for each of the sessions to keep the conversations lively and informative.
Thank you for supporting Party Mad!
Schedule of Events
Friday, July 24th at 7:00 PM – Conservation of Lemurs – Integrating In Situ and Ex Situ
Discussion on lemur conservation efforts in their natural range and efforts in managed parks, reserves, and zoos by conservation organizations and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).
Moderator: Dr. Jeffrey Wyatt
Dr. Wyatt is the Director and Professor at the Department of Comparative Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center, AZA Accreditation Commissioner, and past veterinarian for the Seneca Park Zoo. He has a research goal connecting human, environmental and animal health from villagers & orangutans in Borneo to subsistence anglers & sturgeon in Rochester’s Genesee River, all to promote planetary health. He was awarded Conservationist of the Year in 2014.
• Patricia Wright from WISE Tropics
• Charles Welch from The Duke Lemur Center
• Erik Patel from Lemur Conservation Foundation
• Carol Merkel – Seneca Park Zoo docent
This event is complete.
Saturday, July 25th at 10:00 AM – Madagascar Forest Restoration with Len Bayer
Discussion on how degraded forests in Madagascar are being restored by engaging local communities, sustainable living, seedling programs, and local education.
Moderator: Leonard Bayer
Lemur-loving Len Bayer is a long-time trustee and past chairman of the board of the Seneca Park Zoo Society. Together with his wife, Lorri, the Bayers have been active conservationists for many years. They are particularly interested in the need to save animals from extinction, particularly in Madagascar, where habitat destruction has been especially hard on the endemic fauna population.
• Rick Hudson from Turtle Survival Alliance
• Markus Faigle from Zahana
• Ingrid Porton from Madagascar Fauna & Flora Group
• Darlene Benzon – Seneca Park Zoo docent
This event is complete.