President Stanley in Africa
President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. traveled to Madagascar and Kenya this summer to experience Stony Brook University’s commitment to improving lives around the world. During his two-week adventure, he visited three sites that feature some of Stony Brook’s most far-reaching research and development efforts.
Day Three – Rain Forest Tour
A visit to Madagascar would not be complete without a trek into one of Madagascar’s biological treasures and most beautiful national parks, Ranomafana. It is surprisingly dry and pleasant (it has been dry for about a week). Atop the lush mountainous landscape, the treetops house the iconic animals of this island — the lemurs. Ranomafana National Park boasts 14 species of lemur, one of the largest numbers for one park in the world. This park is truly a place of magic and wonder.
On our way back to Centre ValBio (CVB), I am struck by the beauty that surrounds us, but also by the fact that most of the animals on this island face extinction. It is this knowledge that makes tomorrow’s inauguration all the more important. For conservation to be effective, there must be a balance struck between the people and the forest, a balance that can only be achieved by collaboration, and CVB has achieved it. The Centre ValBio has 80 employees from the local region and has worked closely with Madagascar National Parks to help protect and conserve the special biodiversity, including the critically endangered Golden Bamboo Lemur (Hapalemur aureus) and the Greater Bamboo lemur (Prolemur simus). Centre ValBio also has collaborated with the commune of Ranomafana to encourage local artisans, with the construction of a series of new stores in the center of town last year.
Everyone at Stony Brook would be proud of the work that is going on here at CVB.