PATRICIA WRIGHT | INTERVIEW | On MADAGASCAR, LEMURS and CONSERVATION.

🎙 IN-DEPTH interview with PATRICIA WRIGHT, American primatologist, anthropologist, and conservationist. Wright is best known for her extensive study of wild lemurs in Madagascar.

⏱ 00:00-02:34 Interview with Primatologist Patricia Wright ⏱ 02:34-03:07 Life Lessons with Patricia Wright ⏱ 03:07-03:40 Ranomafana National Park ⏱ 03:40-04:19 How did Patricia Wright became a primatologist? ⏱ 04:19-05:33 Female Lemurs Behaviors ⏱ 05:33-05:58 What is Romazava? ⏱ 05:58-06:25 Patricia Wright´s Childhood ⏱ 06:33-08:37 Anthony Bourdain´s experiences in Madagascar ⏱ 08:37-09:50 What is Madagascar like? ⏱ 09:50-10:44 What is so special about lemurs? ⏱ 10:44-14:59 Five fun facts about Lemurs ⏱ 14:59-16:39 The most spiritual nature experience of Patricia Wright ⏱ 16:39-18:50 Field experiences with Silky Sifakas and other Lemurs ⏱ 18:50-20:10 How many species of lemurs are there in Madagascar? ⏱ 20:10-21:30 Why are there no lemurs in Africa today? ⏱ 21:30-22:36 Patricia Wright´s Favorite Lemurs ⏱ 22:36-23:25 What is the biggest lemur in the world? ⏱ 23:25-24:06 What do lemurs eat? ⏱ 24:06-24:58 What is the current conservation status of the Lemurs in Madagascar? ⏱ 24:58-25:29 How many lemurs are left in the world today? ⏱ 25:29-29:28 What are today´s conservation challenges for Madagascar? ⏱ 29:28-31:00 Lemurs as legal pets in Ohio, Nevada, Florida, and North Carolina ⏱ 31:00-31:55 What is primatologist Patricia Wright´s dream? ⏱ 31:00-33:29 Three Advises to becoming a Primatologist ⏱ 33:29-34:52 Never Stop Dreaming with Patricia Wright

About Patricia Wright:
Dr. Wright established the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environments at Stony Brook University. She worked extensively on conservation and contributed to the establishment of the Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar. A tropical biologist, conservationist and primatologist. Her broad interests include biodiversity assessments, conservation biology, population ecology and genetics, and primate hibernation. She is also interested in the exploration of new sites and the discovery and documentation of new species. This has led her to carry out field research in Peru, Paraguay, Borneo, East Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines and Madagascar. She received her PhD from the City University of New York under the supervision of Warren Kinzey and John Oates. Her dissertation was entitled “The Costs and Benefits of Nocturnality for Aotus trivirgatus (the Night Monkey)”. Afterward, during her post-doc in Duke University she studied the reproduction and physiology of two species of tarsiers in Borneo, the Philippines, and at Duke Lemur Center. Her interest in Madagascar started in 1985, and in 1986 she discovered and described a new species of lemur, the “Golden Bamboo Lemur” Hapalemur aureus. For the past 26 years, she has carried long-term research on the behavioral ecology of “Milne Edward’s Sifaka” Propithecus edwardsi in Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar, which she spearheaded in 1991. Her experience there led her to found the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environment in 1991, and establish the Research Station Centre ValBio in Madagascar, which features the state-of-the-art research facility NamanaBe Hall. She is currently a professor at the Anthropology and Ecology & Evolution Departments at Stony Brook University and supervises students in two doctoral programs: Interdepartmental Doctoral Program in Anthropological Sciences and Department of Ecology and Evolution. She has published three books: Tarsiers: Past, Present, and Future, Madagascar: The Forest of Our Ancestors and High Moon Over the Amazon: My Quest to Understand the Monkeys of the Night, and have over 150 publications. A complete list is available here. primatology