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Manatee Sarasota Sierra Club Group January 2020 Membership Meeting

At the January 2020 General Membership Meeting there will be a presentation by the Lemur Conservation Foundation.

Lemurs have been recognized as one of the most endangered groups of animals and the most unique group of primates. Over 100 species are naturally found only on the island of Madagascar, the hottest biodiversity hotspot in the world. The 45 minute presentation will review the activities of Lemur Conservation Foundation in Florida and Madagascar which include breeding, reforestation, forest monitoring, ecotourism, environmental education, and human health projects in rural villages near Marojejy National Park, a World Heritage Site. Dr. Patel will share his experiences of researching and developing conservation programs in northeastern Madagascar.

Dr. Patel has been working in Madagascar every year since 2000, where he completed his Ph.D. at Cornell University (after his Masters at U.C. Berkeley) on the behavioral biology of one of the most critically endangered primates in the world, the silky sifaka lemur (Propithecus candidus). He also serves as the Madagascar country field representative for the international environmental organization Seacology and as a member of the Madagascar Primate Specialist Group of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). Since 2016, he has worked for Lemur Conservation Foundation as their Director of Conservation and Research. His fieldwork has garnered considerable media attention, including several televised feature films (by the BBC, Dan Rather Reports, Animal Planet) as well as newspaper/magazine coverage. In April 2010 his “Saving the ‘Ghosts’ of Madagascar” made the cover of Smithsonian Magazine.