MADAGASCAR: Land of lemurs (and much else besides!)

26 April 2017 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

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Indri Lemur. Photo: Christine Newell. Indri Lemur. Photo: Christine Newell.

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26 April 2017 - 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Madagascar is the world’s fourth largest island. It was once part of the huge supercontinent, Gondwana, and broke away from Africa to reach its current position by about 80 million years ago. Most of the recently evolved life forms that we see today arrived after Madagascar became isolated. It has been estimated that there may be more than 200,000 species in Madagascar, and incredibly, more than 80% are endemic. There are no herds of grazing animals, no large cats or dogs, no great apes or monkeys; there are lemurs instead of monkeys, small carnivores replace the large cats and dogs of Africa, and strange tenrecs and rodents inhabit the forest undergrowth. Sadly, Madagascar is not without its problems in terms of a burgeoning human population and increasing habitat destruction. It is widely considered to be one of the world’s top conservation priorities; national parks and reserves are being developed to encourage ecotourism and bring in necessary foreign currency.

This talk by Christine Newell, Cambridge Local Group, will show some of the weird and wonderful wildlife of Madagascar; one can only hope that at least some of this priceless natural heritage can be saved. 

Venue location

St. John the Evangelist Church Hall, Hills Road,

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Wednesday 26th April 2017
7:30pm - 9:30pm
Price / Donation
£2.50 entry
Suitable for All Ages
Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire
Venue location
St. John the Evangelist Church Hall, Hills Road,
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