Conservation Chat with Lemurs for World Lemur Day

Friday, October 30, 2020
5:30 pm

Join us for a virtual conservation chat for the love of lemurs

World Lemur Day is coming up on October 30, and we’re taking the opportunity to talk about the most diverse and threatened group of primates in the world! Lemurs are only native to the Island of Madagascar. Over the last few decades, they have seen a dramatic drop in their numbers due to habitat loss and other pressures. Reid Park Zoo and other zoos across the nation work together to teach millions of people about lemurs each year, and partner with conservationists to protect critical habitat for these threatened species.

Reid Park Zoo is partnering with the University of Arizona’s Laboratory for the Evolutionary Endocrinology of Primates (LEEP) to offer this virtual conversation on conservation. Join the Zoo’s Jed Dodds, the University of Arizona’s Dr. Stacey Tecot at 5:30 on Friday, October 30 in celebration of World Lemur Day.

Dr. Tecot has worked in Madagascar studying lemurs for 20 years and created LEEP to study how lemurs respond to changes in their environment through hormonal and behavioral strategies. At the event, you’ll hear first-hand accounts from Dr. Tecot on the challenges lemurs face and how hormones give us a window into how they adapt to those changes. 

Other speakers include Dr. Allison Hays and Erica Cook, who help study lemur hormones in the lab, as well as hear from Hannah Carbonneau, one of Reid Park Zoo’s Animal Care Specialists who will talk about working with these energetic primates in human care.  This World Lemur Day, you can learn not only about the challenges lemurs face, but more importantly the role we all have in ensuring their future.    

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