In 1986, while on an exploratory expedition to Madagascar, Dr. Patricia Wright and her colleagues discovered the golden bamboo lemur. And when the future of this new species, and the rainforest where they lived, were threatened by timber exploitation, her attention turned to conservation.
She spearheaded an integrated conservation and development project in Ranomafana, Madagascar, that focused on the protection and conservation of endemic flora and fauna — as well as rural development, education and promotion of health services in the park’s peripheral zone.
In 1991, the Ranomafana National Park was inaugurated, and though it was handed over to the Malagasy Park Service six years later, she has continued to be actively involved in biodiversity research and exploration in Madagascar — which she will discuss during “The Lost Rainforest of Crystal Mountain, Madagascar” on Saturday, November 3, at 7 p.m. at the South Fork Natural History Museum in Bridgehampton.
“Dr. Wright’s firm commitment to the protection of species and their habitats resonates strongly with the values that underlie the mission of the South Fork Natural History Museum,” according to Carol Crasson, the museum’s director of education and communications. “She is a role model for all who hope to make a difference not only in the world of conservation, but in the work of community-building, as well.”
Admission is free, but registration is required. For more information, call (631) 537-9735 or visit sofo.org.