Festival of lemurs: success and serious awareness

The Lemur Festival is 4th edition this year. In addition to the general success, the organizers also shared their strategies for the major protection of these endangered animals. A rich and varied program has completed the festival.

A clear and specific theme

Led by the group GERP or Groupe d’Etudes et de Recherches sur les Primates de Madagascar, the 4th edition of the festival of lemurs was held on November 8th to 11th. The theme was clearly defined: "Conservation of lemurs and conflicts over development". As this is a festival dedicated to the lemurs, so this theme responds to the principles of the protection of these animals and the strategies to face the threats to these species. According to organizers, they are planning to ask and get a national day of the lemurs to make known to the Malagasy endemic species are the biological heritage.

Valorisation and special inauguration for lemurs

If the festival was planned starting 8, he finally took place on 10th of the month.. That first day was marked by cultural activities including entertainment, conferences, Carnival and video projections. At the university's covered gymnasium, stands have been erected to show the public the stakes of protecting these animals. These stands have been tasked to reconstruct all the information related to the festival. In the afternoon of the 10th, a special inauguration was made at Tsimbazaza zoo. Honor: 'Varecia event' including a guided tour and a special baptism of the new indicative plates.

Awareness of the general public

Madagascar has many riches that attract tourists. Among them, the baobabs, the beaches and the various species of animals. Lemurs are the main attractions in the wildlife category. These endemic animals form the basis of the development of several sectors, priori tourism and economy. As events like the festival, the organizers try to remind participants that it is important to protect these riches. These initiators want to send a message to all Malagasy how much it is necessary to know the dangers that lurk around this biodiversity. Apart from the general public who is the first target, there are also schoolchildren and students who will be the future of the big island.