Madagascar is a place of change. What happens there in the decades ahead can, perhaps, suggest ways to help turn the tide on the environmental crisis now sweeping the world…
Weaving together scientific evidence, personal accounts, and the power of storytelling, author and environmentalist Alison Richard captures the magic and mystery of Madagascar in her new book, The Sloth Lemur’s Song. Joining Alison to share their combined knowledge and passion of this unique island country will be Debra Erickson, Executive Director of Wildlife Madagascar, and Georgeanne Irvine, Director of Publishing and Children’s Book Author at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.
Want to learn more about this stunning island country? Join us at a private bayside San Diego residence for our live and in-person Taste of Madagascar Adventure with Alison Richard. Not only will you learn about the nature of this remarkable island (while sipping on wine and dining on delectable sweet and savory crepes made fresh-to-order onsite courtesy of our friends at Isabelle Briens French Pastry Cafe), but you will directly support Madagascar, as a portion of each admission ticket will be donated to the Wildlife Madagascar nonprofit.
Your Adventure includes sweet and savory crepes freshly made to order, wine, an autographed copy of The Sloth Lemur’s Song, tax, book discussion, Q&A, donation to Wildlife Madagascar nonprofit, and an opportunity to meet the author up close and personal in a private bayside residence.
NOTE: Due to the private and intimate nature of this event, tickets are limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis, so make sure to register soon to guarantee admission.
This event is SOLD OUT. To join the waitlist, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alison Richard is the Crosby Professor of the Human Environment emerita and senior research scientist at Yale University. She previously served as vice chancellor of the University of Cambridge, and in 2010, she was awarded a DBE (Dame Commander of the British Empire) for her services to higher education.
Her new book, The Sloth Lemur’s Song, is a far-reaching account of Madagascar’s past and present, led by an expert guide who has immersed herself in research and conservation activities with village communities on the island for nearly fifty years. Alison Richard accompanies the reader on a journey through space and time—from Madagascar’s ancient origins as a landlocked region of Gondwana and its emergence as an island to the modern-day developments that make the survival of its array of plants and animals increasingly uncertain.
Weaving together scientific evidence with Richard’s own experiences and exploring the power of stories to shape our understanding of events, this book captures the magic as well as the tensions that swirl around this island nation.
Conservation success ultimately depends on the support and participation of local communities. To protect the most biologically diverse areas remaining in Madagascar, poverty and the increasing extraction and depletion of forests must be addressed.
Wildlife Madagascar seeks to implement programs that address food security, training and education for local people, resource use, enterprise development, and conflict management. Program success relies on collaboration and partnership with local communities, government agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and tourism companies. We aim to establish programs that lead to lasting change, help alleviate poverty, and support environmental conservation for Madagascar’s vulnerable people, wildlife, and habitats.
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is an international, nonprofit conservation organization with two front doors: the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. They integrate wildlife health and care, science, and education to develop sustainable conservation solutions.
Isabelle Briens French Pastry Cafe offers consistent quality, a warm atmosphere, and plenty of tasty treats for all occasions.