11/10/2018

Cast of hit musical Madagascar visit Bristol Zoo Gardens

The cast of the hit musical Madagascar visited Bristol Zoo Gardens today while they are in the city for the Bristol leg of their tour.

Thrilled onlookers and intrigued animals greeted the cast and some of the puppets from the show, as they toured the 182-year-old attraction.

The cast made their way to the lemur enclosure, which is sponsored by Redmaids' High School, to find out more about their fellow friends from Madagascar and about Bristol Zoo Gardens’ Ankarafa Field Station project.

Madagascar is the world’s most important hotspot for biodiversity, yet it is also one of the world’s poorest countries, with 92 per cent of people living below the poverty line.

Bristol Zoological Society has been working in northern Madagascar since 2006 to safeguard the future of wildlife on this unique island. Most of the work is focused in and around the Sahamalaza-Iles Radama National Park.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is currently raising funds to secure the future of Madagascar’s people and their threatened wildlife by creating the Ankarafa field station.

The creation of an improved field station at the heart of the Ankarafa Forest will provide an internationally recognised research base and high-quality environment for students and researchers. It will also increase opportunities for local people whilst connecting and inspiring audiences in the UK and around the world.

The new field station, along with associated projects and participation of the local communities, will make a significant contribution to secure the future of wildlife and people in the Sahamalaza Peninsula.

The cast of Madagascar The Musical were delighted to take time out of their busy schedule to find out more about the project.

Tonight, they will be back on stage at The Bristol Hippodrome, thrilling audiences with their smash hit show, which runs until Saturday (October 13, 2018).

Audiences can join Alex the Lion – played by 2016 X Factor winner Matt Terry - along with Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and those hilarious, plotting penguins for this musical adventure.

To find out more about Bristol Zoological Society’s Madagascar project, and to donate to the project, click here

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