Saving the Lemurs

2016 Successes:

  • 110 primary school students learned about lemurs in 5 villages, as well as 35 middle school students and 133 high school students
  • 3.1 hectares of lemur habitat reforested – that’s about 10 football fields of forest!
  • Cooperatives were created for fish farming and bee keeping to support the community with food production and income generation, so that communities are less dependent on the forest
    • 15 fish farmers were trained
    • 13 bee keepers trained
  • 3 surveillance camps built by local community to protect lemur habitat

How the Houston Zoo supports lemur protection efforts in Madagascar:

GERP is a project run entirely by local Madagascar staff. The project aims to expand the knowledge about lemurs through wild research as well as address illegal export and poaching threats to lemurs by ensuring the enforcement of local wildlife protection laws. They empower local communities to conserve and protect their forests through improving the livelihoods of human populations living in or around primate habitat. Local students are encouraged to pursue careers in conservation.

How the Zoo is helping lemurs in the wild:

  • We provide financial, technical and marketing support
  • Houston Zoo staff is creating and designing a web page for GERP
  • We hold lemur focused events to educate guests and invite them to purchase items created by our lemurs to save the lemurs in the wild.

Donate now to help lemurs in the wild:


What can you do to help lemurs in the wild: 

  • Donate to help lemurs in the wild.
  • 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.
  • Friend the Houston Zoo Facebook Page for updates.
  • Every time you visit the Houston Zoo, you help save animals in the wild.