Zoo team heads to Madagascar

Scientists from Bristol Zoological Society have flown to Madagascar to explore ways of supporting a research centre to help save endangered lemurs.

Dr Amanda Webber, lecturer in conservation science, is there together with members of leading architects Grant Associates from Bath and Peter clegg from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios architecture practice to study the site in the Sahamalaza National Park.

At present scientists and research students working there have to make do with bamboo framed tents and basic buildings.

Architects will be looking at the site as well as assessing how to improve conditions there.

Bristol Zoological Society, Grant Associates and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios in Madagascar

The work at the research centre is crucial because 94 per cent of lemurs in Madagascar are now classified as threatened with extinction making them the most at-risk group of large vertebrates.

Dr Grainne McCabe, head of field conservation and science, said: “ For some species if something doesn’t happen in the immediate future we could lose them. Some species are down to handfuls of individuals.”

Bristol Zoological Society is part of  the Association Europeenne pour l’Etude et la Conservation des Lemuriens (AEECL) which aims to safeguard the future of Madagascar’s lemurs. Watch the video below for more information on AEECL.


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