World-renowned primatologist Patricia Wright led ABC’s Alex Marquardt through Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar to search for endangered lemurs. The segment aired April 1 on ABC News Nightline. Wright is Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University.
Considered to be one of the world’s foremost experts on lemurs, Professor Wright is best known for her 28-year study of social and family interactions of wild lemurs in Ranomafana National Park, a 106,000-acre World Heritage Site that she helped establish with the government of Madagascar. The park is home to many endangered species, including several species of lemur that she almost certainly saved from extinction.
Wright is founder of Centre ValBio, a world-class research station located on the edge of Ranomafana. Under her direction, Centre ValBio works to protect Madagascar’s unique and biologically diverse ecosystems through conservation science and projects that directly benefit the local people, including rural healthcare delivery.
Professor Wright won the prestigious 2014 Indianapolis Prize for Animal Conservation, given every other year to someone who has made extraordinary contributions to conservation efforts.