This charity started in 1994 with the intent of protecting the plant and animal species of Madagascar. The island houses 5% of the earth’s plant and animal species and 8 out of 10 of these species are not found anywhere else in the world. Unfortunately most of these species reside in the forests which are being destroyed at an alarming rate.
There are over 100 different types of lemurs in Madagascar and most of them are considered endangered. This is due to heavy deforestation, being hunted for bush meat and the pet trade. SEED realised that the majority of the people of Madagascar live in poverty and rely heavily on agriculture and fishing for their livelihood, so simply protecting the forests would cause a lot of harm. Their goals are to be able to provide a sustainable environment for both the people and the animals to cohabit comfortably; they build schools to help the Malagasy people so they have better employment opportunities. They monitor the diversity, range, habitat, behaviour and the threats to the population of the animals and use this data to protect them.
Here at the Lake District Wildlife Park we support SEED by donating 10% from every lemur encounter and by raising awareness of their work.