Center for Conservation in Madagascar
Madagascar’s animal and plant species, including highly endangered lemurs, are found nowhere else in the world. The various species of lemur range anywhere from the pygmy mouse lemur, weighing only an ounce, to the indri, which can weigh up to 19 pounds. As recently as 2,500 years ago, lemurs the size of gorillas roamed the island, and 10-foot-tall birds, known as elephant birds, roamed the southern coast. Today, over 98% of the known lemur types are on the brink of extinction. Many other animals and plants on the island, such as the radiated tortoise and the beautiful rosewood tree, are also at risk of disappearing.
The Center for Conservation in Madagascar supports the work of the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group (MFG) through membership, research and salary support. MFG works to conserve the island’s animal and plant species through conservation, research, education and capacity building.
Work South of the Island
Through the work of the Saint Louis Zoo Institute for Conservation
Medicine, in collaboration with the Turtle Survival Alliance and the
Radiated Tortoise SAFE program, the WildCare Institute is helping the
critically endangered radiated tortoise.
Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group
Missouri Botanical Garden
Saint Louis University
Washington University-Living Earth Collaborative
Whitney R. Harris World Ecology Center-UMSL