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Challenging Times for Conservation in Madagascar
Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 7:30 PM-9:00 PM
Conservation Conversations Series
Photo (c) Saint Louis Zoo
Featured Speaker: Ingrid Porton, Curator of Primates, Saint Louis Zoo
In 1991 Saint Louis Zoo primate curator, Ingrid Porton, led a survey of ruffed lemurs in the Betampona Natural Reserve for the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group (MFG); and in 2004, she became the Group’s Vice-Chair.
The Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group has taken a holistic approach to addressing conservation issues by building an integrated and multidisciplinary program that focuses on four strategies: research, education, capacity building and conservation action. Since a January 2009 coup that ousted the democratically elected President, Madagascar has been ruled by an interim President. The political turmoil, along with the withdrawal of financial aid by the U.S. and European countries, increased lawlessness, poverty and hunger. Illegal logging and hunting is further threatening the survival of Madagascar’s already endangered species. Despite these, and additional challenges, the MFG has continued to run its programs and protect Betampona’s biodiversity.
Location: Saint Louis Zoo Living World Auditorium. Parking is FREE in the Zoo North Lot.
FREE and OPEN to ALL. Adults, teachers, middle and high school students, and the general public are invited to attend. For more information call 314-646-4544 or 314-533-8586. Registration not required.
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