Wildlife and wild places are worth fighting for. The WCS community is made up of wildlife champions like you, fighting to preserve a future for iconic animals and irreplaceable habitats. For over 125 years, WCS has worked to discover and understand the natural world, and to inspire communities to protect endangered species
This year, WCS's Run for the Wild is inspired by lemurs. These primates are emblematic of the island of Madagascar, and are found nowhere else on earth. With their striking appearance, prehensile tails, complex social structures, and diverse variety of colors and species, these animals are iconic and beloved. They're also endangered.
Lemurs are threatened by many environmental problems, including deforestation, bushmeat hunting, live capture for the exotic pet trade, and climate change. Some lemur species are among the most endangered primates in the world, and in 2013 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature estimated that 90% of lemur species were in danger of becoming extinct by 2038.
WCS is working with partners in Madagascar's Masoala National Park and Makira Natural Park to protect lemurs from deforestation and hunting. We're monitoring lemur populations and helping local human communities to develop sustainable economic practices so that deforestation and bushmeat hunting become less desirable.
You can visit four species of lemur in the Bronx Zoo's Madagascar! exhibit: Coquerel's sifakas, red-ruffed lemurs, as well as brown collared lemurs and ring tailed lemurs who share the Spiny Forest exhibit with radiated tortoises, red fodys, and other species native to Madagascar. You can watch the lemurs use their strong hind legs to leap from limb to limb and rock to vine, and learn more about the threats they face in the wild, the adaptations that help them to survive, and the work WCS is doing to protect them.
Animals around the world are going extinct 10,000 times faster than ever before. Your support will give them a fighting chance.