Saving the Lemurs

2017 Successes:

  • 16 rangers and 10 gatekeepers trained in fire safety to improve the means of fighting forest fires in lemur habitat
  • Restored 7 rice fields that were damaged by cyclones
  • 470 health checks were performed in order to improve the general health status of local community members

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.