David Attenborough has given his support to a “vital landscape project” for a new field station in Madagascar to help save critically endangered lemurs.
The plan has been drawn up by conservationists from Bristol Zoological Society alongside landscape architect Grant Associates, architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios) and BuroHappold Engineering.
Attenborough gave his backing to the £110,000 scheme for the Ankarafa field station in Sahamalaza-Iles Radama National Park at an event in London. The 92-year-old broadcaster first alerted the world to “the plight of lemurs” in his book Zoo Quest to Madagascar back in 1961.
Attenborough said: “This is a visionary project that can help to conserve the lemurs and their forest habitat as well as helping the Madagascan people.This field station has the potential to provide a centre for conservation shared by scientists from all over the world.”
Andrew Grant, director of Grant Associates, added: “This project goes right to the heart of what we need to be doing to conserve the vulnerable parts of our planet. We are thrilled to play our part in helping it come to life.”