Target: Dr. Jonah Ratsimbazafy
Goal: Applaud primatologist for dedicating his life to saving Madagascar’s lemurs from extinction.
The lemur could be completely extinct in as few as 25 years as one of the most endangered animals on Earth. Dr. Jonah Ratsimbazafy is a top primatologist who has made it his life’s work to save these animals from extinction. Stressing the fact that Madagascar is the only place on Earth where lemurs can be observed in their natural habitat, Ratsimbazafy has traveled the world educating people about conservation and the plight of the lemur. Additionally, he works locally to educate the people of Madagascar on lemur conservation practices.
An animal lover since childhood, Dr. Ratsimbazafy overcame disadvantages in his youth caused by not being fully able-bodied. Difficulty walking often resulted in lateness for school, where he was ridiculed by other children for being different. Ratsimbazafy claims he dealt with these hardships by working twice as hard as others, striving to prove that he would not be limited by his physical disability. Today, Ratsimbazafy is a leading primatologist who is considered the protector of Madagascar’s imperiled lemurs.
On staff at three universities, he continually publishes new research on lemurs and their habitat in addition to his tireless outreach work. Claiming that school curricula usually don’t include lessons in indigenous animals, Ratsimbazafy has dedicated himself to teaching children around the world about Madagascar’s lemurs. Additionally, he engages people involved in poaching and habitat destruction in hopes that a broader understanding of these impacts will stop the destructive practices.
“If humans are the problem, then humans should be part of the solution,” he states. Commend this selfless activist, scientist and educator for his lifelong devotion to saving Madagascar’s lemurs from imminent extinction.
Dear Dr. Ratsimbazafy,
Your passion for saving the lemur from extinction has had an unquestionable global impact. Thank you for educating children around the world about the plight of Madagascar’s lemur, and for working to stop poaching, deforestation, and habitat loss. Critically endangered animals are in desperate need of human allies; you are an exemplary one, and your outreach work has inspired so many more.
By engaging non-judgmentally with people whose work potentially impacts lemurs, you have broadened the conversation around lemur conservation. You have made truly made people a part of the solution. We, the undersigned, commend you for your efforts to restore Madagascar’s lemur population.
[Your Name Here]
Photo credit: Houston Zoo