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Wildlife Park to focus on Madagascar for 2007 26 March 2007

For 2007 the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria has selected Madagascar as the focus of its conservation campaign. A target of 350,000 euros has been set to raise funds for 20 conservation projects.

Curraghs Wildlife Park, as a member of EAZA and with several Madagascan species on exhibit, is committed to playing its part in achieving this target. The Park will be running events throughout the year, including guided walks, talks and fund-raising events, while the traditional Easter “Find the Bunny” competition has been tailored to Find a Lemur instead.

The campaign will be launched with the showing of the film “Madagascar” over the Easter holidays at the Broadway Cinema, Villa Marina, including a special charity showing on the morning of Sunday April 1st at 10.15 am. Free of charge, anyone wishing to go to see this comedy cartoon and a talk on Madagascar, introduced by Mr Geoff Corkish MHKs should contact Nick Pinder at the Curraghs Wildlife Park (tel 693572 or, preferably, email Nick.Pinder@gov.im). Refreshments will be served afterwards, including fair-trade tea and coffee. Tickets are limited and available on a first come, first served basis to be collected at the Villa on the morning of the showing.

Species at the Wildlife Park that originate from Madagascar include four lemur species (black & white ruffed, ring-tailed, white-fronted brown and Alaotran gentle lemur), lesser hedgehog tenrec, Madagascar teal and Meller’s duck.

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