Money raised for endangered Madagascan species

Money raised for endangered Madagascan species

03 May 2018

The Tropical Butterfly House, Wildlife & Falconry Centre in North Anston, Sheffield, would like to thank visitors for raising £1156 in donations for the Madagascar Fauna & Flora Group (MFG).

The MFG are a dedicated group whose main aim is to conserve the native species of Madagascar. One of these species is the lemur, 94% of which, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), are threatened with extinction, making lemurs the world's most endangered mammals.

The money raised goes towards funding two rangers, Flavien, who works as an instructor within education department and as a keeper, and Arsene, who not only patrols the reserves, but works with local communities, especially with the reforestation of Betampona's Zone of Protection project.

Ingrid Porton is the Vice Chair of Research & Conservation for the MFG, “We are immensely grateful to the Tropical Butterfly House and their visitors for supporting the conservation activities of the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group. Through meeting and learning more about lemurs, visitors are directly enabling Flavien to continue teaching Malagasy children about lemurs and Arsene to work with local communities to protect the eleven lemur species that inhabit Betampona Natural Reserve.”

Andrew Reeve is the Tropical Butterfly House’s Zoo Curator, and Centre Manager, “We are incredibly proud to raise money for this vital cause each year. This is all thanks to the generosity of our visitors who make donations, and purchase wristbands after our daily free flying bird and animal displays from February to April 2018, including over our Dinosaurs February half term event, and our Mad About Madagascar Easter holidays event. Visitors should feel proud to know that they are making a difference to help prevent the extinction of animals in Madagascar.”

The Tropical Butterfly House is open daily, located just five minutes from the M1, junction 31, with free parking. See to plan your visit.