Good News: You Can Help Save Lemurs in the WildMay 12, 2020
We hope you enjoyed spending time with our Coquerel’s sifakas during earlier today! The Houston Zoo loves its lemurs and has worked in Madagascar with a lemur-saving organization called GERP for many years.…
South and southwest Madagascar
Location in the Zoo
Wortham World of Primates
Cool Animal Fact
Males have scent glands on their wrists and chest to mark territory. They engage in “stink fighting” with other males after their tails are anointed with scent.
How the Houston Zoo is working to save wildlife in Madagascar:
How we Help Save Them
- The Zoo provides support, salaries, and equipment for local communities in Madagascar to protect lemurs.
- The Zoo provides support for an all Malagasy (people from Madagascar) wildlife professional team called GERP to empower and strengthen communities to protect forests and wildlife. They provide education, health support and livelihood training for communities living around forests and lemurs in Madagascar.
- The Zoo provides support for local communities to replant native plants around forests where lemurs live.
- 1 new species of mouse lemur was discovered through our support.
How You Can Help
Become an informed shopper about furniture, musical instruments and other wood products. Whenever possible, choose locally sourced wood and don’t buy anything that is made of imported wood.