“The continued existence of wildlife and wilderness is critical to the quality of life of humans.” –Jim Fowler

Today is World Wildlife Day, when we celebrate Earth’s wild creatures and envision a world where local communities are empowered to conserve through education.

On March 3, 2020, people and organizations around the world — including the Duke Lemur Center — renewed our commitment to “celebrate the special place of wild plants and animals in their many varied and beautiful forms as a component of the world’s biological diversity. We will work to raise awareness of the multitude of benefits of wildlife to people, particularly to those communities who live in closest proximity to it, and we will discuss the threats they are facing and the urgent need for governments, civil society, private sector actors and individuals to add their voices and take actions to help conserve wildlife and ensure its continued use is sustainable.”

For over 35 years, the Duke Lemur Center has worked with the organizations and people of Madagascar to create opportunities for positive change, and to play a leading role in preventing the island’s legendary population of endemic and endangered national treasures from being lost forever.

The DLC’s conservation projects in Madagascar are run exclusively on grants and donor funding. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today.

Photos by the DLC’s Director of Communications, Sara Clark, of lemurs, birds, and reptiles in Madagascar in October-November 2019.