Patricia Wright is a Professor of Anthropology, Stony Brook University. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments and of the Centre ValBio, Madagascar. She is an accomplished primatologist, anthropologist, and conservationist. Considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on lemurs, Wright is best known for her 26-year study of social and family interactions of wild lemurs in Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. Wright has worked extensively on conservation. In the late 1980s she spearheaded an integrated conservation and development project that, in 1991, led to the establishment of Ranomafana National Park. Wright has received many honors for her conservation work in Madagascar. Among many other honors, in 1995, she received the prestigious “Chevalier d’ Ordre National” National Medal of Honor of Madagascar, from the President of Madagascar.