Join Us at the Save the Lemurs NYC Gala!

save the lemurs logoSpend an evening with wildlife conservation hero and world-renowned primatologist Dr. Patricia Wright, who is leading the fight to save endangered lemurs in Madagascar. She and Dr. Eric Trepanier are happy to host you at the gala and raise funds for lemurs and their habitat in Madagascar.  We will also a surprise guest that will be revealed at the event. 

Join us at the The Explorers Club on Tuesday, December 11, 2018, for cocktails, dinner and presentations from 6:00-9:30 p.m. The intimate venue will allow for bidding on silent and live auction items and will include appearances from surprise guests.

If you are interested in buying tickets, making a donation, sponsoring the event, providing auction items, or have more questions, please email us at or call us at (347) 770-4095.



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Why do we need your support for lemurs?

Madagascar is a very special island, largely because of its wealth of unique biodiversity.  Lemurs symbolize Madagascar.  Most of the wildlife of Madagascar is forest-dependent, which means that once the forest becomes degraded or vanishes, the animals also disappear.  Every year, thousands of acres of forest disappear due to logging, hunting and slash-and-burn agriculture. Consequently, many species of endemic Malagasy reptiles, birds and mammals are currently on the verge of extinction due mainly to habitat loss and illegal exploitation.

Lemurs are one of the most endangered mammals in the world, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).  Of the 111 species, 105 are critically endangered. They live in the wild in Madagascar only; nowhere else.  The various species are unique in their own ways:  some eat bamboo with amounts of cyanide that would kill humans; some sing operatic territorial calls; some live in spiny dry forests without ever pricking themselves; finally, some look like gremlins and were voted one of the ugliest animals in the world.  Lemurs are the rainforest’s top seed dispersers and pollinators, and future forests depend on them. Lemurs, even the “ugliest” one, are very cute and curious primates, arguably some of the most interesting mammals in the animal kingdom. Each lemur is special. We can’t lose them.

lemur group photo

madagascar from space

Several factors have resulted in lemurs being endangered.  The most important is deforestation, which destroys the habitat where they live.  Forests are cut for slash-and-burn agriculture (which provide wages for families to live), logging for hardwood timber (such as rosewood and ebony), and fuel wood/charcoal production.  Fires lit to clear specific areas often spread beyond the desired area and further destroy animals’ habitats. 

By some estimates, nearly 90% of Madagascar forests have been destroyed.  Barren land is then left without root structures to support the earth, which results in erosion. The red soil flows into rivers and into the Indian Ocean, and has been described as Madagascar “bleeding”.

We need your help to preserve and restore their habitat to protect these beautiful and unique animals.


How will the money be used to benefit lemurs?

NASA image of island
This image from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite shows scores of fires (red dots) scattered across the island. Click to enlarge.
Image Credit: NASA image courtesy the MODIS Rapid Response Team, Goddard Space Flight Center

Funds raised through the event will help save the lemurs through various types of projects.  Examples include the following:

  • Tree Corridors: Many critically endangered bamboo lemurs are stranded in small and degraded forest fragments. We can build tree corridors to connect them to each other by planting seeds of native and endemic trees, including their primary food source: bamboos. Some funds will go directly to this reforestation initiative.  It costs $5 to plant one new tree.  Your donations will create jobs for local people to plant these trees, which will allow different bamboo lemur populations to engage with each other. 

  • Lemur Tracking Collars: We need at least 12 new tracking collars for lemurs. Each collar costs about $1,500. These collars are important to better understand the movements of lemurs day and night. We need to know how they are adapting to their changing landscapes.

  • Studying Newly Discovered Golden Bamboo Lemurs: There are fewer than 1,000 golden bamboo lemurs that we know of. We recently discovered a group in a new site and we want to study them. This requires exploration into new forests to investigate golden bamboo lemur population pockets so that we can protect them.  Funds are required to pay for research technicians - $3,500 pays for a Malagasy research tech’s annual salary – and their ongoing research in this site. Where there are researchers there is conservation.


Who are the co-chairs for the event?

Dr. Wright is world-renowned primatologist who specializes in lemurs.  In 2014, she was the first female winner of the Indianapolis prize for conservation.  She is the Founder of Centre ValBio (CVB), a modern research campus in the rainforest of Madagascar. Dr. Wright was the driving force behind the creation of Ranomafana National Park, a 106,000-acre World Heritage Site in southeastern Madagascar. The park is home to many endangered species, including several species of lemur that she almost certainly saved from extinction.  For more than two decades, she has managed to combine her research with efforts to preserve the country’s endangered forests and the many species of plants and animals they harbor. 

Dr. Eric Trepanier became passionate about lemurs and Madagascar when he and his wife, Angela, visited the country in 2014.  They spent three days at CVB and gained an appreciation for the great need lemurs and their environment have to preserve the country’s biodiversity.  Dr. Trepanier was an executive at WebMD, worked on Wall Street as an investor and portfolio manager, and founded and operated a consulting business.

patricia wright

Dr. Patricia Wright
Distinguished Service Professor, Stony Brook University
Founder & Executive Director, Centre ValBio Research
Station, Ranomafana, Madagascar

eric trepanier

Dr. Eric Trépanier
Healthcare Executive & Pharmacist
Passionate about Lemurs & Madagascar


Is my donation tax-deductible?

If you are a resident of the U.S., donations to 501(c)(3) organizations are generally tax deductible, but please check with a tax professional to be sure. You will receive a confirmation from the Stony Brook Foundation, which serves as your donation receipt.


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