October 6, 2018 was an evening of celebration and support for the Duke Lemur Center’s Madagascar Conservation Programs. Thank you to all donors, sponsors and friends – as well as DLC staff, volunteers, researchers, and lemurs – who made the evening a success! Together, we raised nearly $50,000 to support our community-based conservation programs in Madagascar.
A special thanks to our sponsors, with a huge shout out to Leland Little Auctions for the incredible wine selection and live auction expertise; to Fullsteam Brewery for the beer and the special “Ranomasina” brew they created just for us; and to Triangle Catering and Petal & Oak for their food and gorgeous flowers!
Charlie Welch, the DLC’s Conservation Coordinator, shared a message of unwavering persistence, progress, and hope in the impact that is being made through building trust and relationships with the people and organizations of Madagascar. It is a continual challenge, but Charlie shared that we’ve come a long way with our progress since he and Andrea first pioneered conservation programs for the DLC while living in Madagascar for more than 15 years starting in the 1980s. He emphasized the importance of new and increased support, especially as an important funding organization is unable to continue its support starting in 2020; and thanked everyone for their interest and passion for the DLC’s work to protect the vast biodiversity not only of lemurs, but of all endemic species found naturally nowhere else in the world.
Andrea Katz shared her vision for the DLC’s new Madagascar Conservation Initiatives, in which the Lemur Center will share our 52 years of expertise in ex-situ lemur care and conservation breeding and management with lemur professionals and zoos in Madagascar. “It’s our responsibility to do this,” Andrea explained. The lemurs living in Madagascar’s zoos are a critical safety net for the most endangered lemurs in the wild.