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Dr. Patricia Wright, the biologist featured in “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” will talk about her work with these endangered primates, followed by a screening of this compelling new IMAX film.
Dr. Wright is a professor of biological anthropology at Stony Brook University on Long Island. The new IMAX movie, which opens at The Maritime Aquarium on April 4 as part of its national premiere, blends two stories: the unique natural history of lemurs and Wright’s lifelong mission to help the strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world.
It’s an exciting year for Dr. Wright. Aside from being the featured scientist in a new IMAX movie, she is one of six finalists for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. (The winner will be announced this summer.)
Early in her career, Wright made history when she discovered the golden bamboo lemur, a species that was then unknown to science. The find helped to catalyze the formation of Madagascar’s park systems. A short time later, Wright learned that timber exploiters were logging the golden bamboo lemur’s rain-forest habitat, so she spent months trekking to define park boundaries with the forestry service and securing funding to develop Ranomafana National Park (RNP). Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, RNP encompasses the home of 12 lemur species, some of which are listed among the world’s most endangered animals.
During the last 20 years, public awareness of Madagascar’s ecosystem has flourished through Dr. Wright’s research and outreach efforts. Recently, she spearheaded the creation of Centre ValBio, a huge preserve that is a modern hub for multidisciplinary research, training and public awareness, the first in Madagascar.
"Jungle Jack" Hanna, one of America’s most beloved animal experts, returns to the Aquarium to recount his adventures and display a collection of live animal friends in two special shows. The director emeritus of the Columbus Zoo is one of the most visible and respected ambassadors between the human and animal worlds. His hands-on approach and insights into the public's appreciation of wildlife have won him widespread popular acclaim as a conservationist, author and television personality.
The Connecticut native will share stories from his memorable expeditions with Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the crew of the research vessel Calypso, experiences that inspired his book, “Frogmen.” He’ll take us behind the scenes, inside the ship and under the sea with the famous ocean explorer.
Tickets are $10 ($8 for Aquarium members).
Everyone's favorite TV scientist is booked for a special presentation at The Maritime Aquarium! Tickets will go on sale after Labor Day. So mark two dates on your calendar: Aug. 26 (as a reminder to look on our website to check on ticket on-sale information) and of course Dec. 8.
Season subscribers rate:
$350 per person
Choice reserved seats for named programs
Access to evening's reception
Recognition in evening's printed program
To reserve your seat as a Season Subscriber, call Griffin at 203-852-0700, x2277.
Savor some fine wines, sample delicious foods and browse fine home furnishings during a special evening fund-raiser on Sat., May 17 at the Lillian August Warehouse in South Norwalk.
New Canaan Wine Merchants will present wines from around the world to sample (and take orders for bottles you like) during this fun event, from 6 to 8 p.m., during which Lillian August will offer 20 percent discounts on all purchases.
Local restaurants, including Mama's Boy Southern Table, Donovan's, Chocopoligie, Guvnor's Brewery and The SoNo Brewhouse will provide samplings of their fare. And Aquarium educators will staff a touch tank featuring live animals from Long Island Sound.
The Wine-Tasting Event is a great way to support the Aquarium, to support local businesses that support the Aquarium, and to take advantage of a valuable discount in adding stylish new decor to your home!
The Lillian August Warehouse is at Water and Elizabeth streets, just down the road from the Aquarium.
Tickets are $25 ($20 for Aquarium members), with proceeds going to The Maritime Aquarium. Get tickets at the door or in advance online or by calling reservations at 203-852-0700, ext. 2206. (Mon. - Fri. from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.)