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Hands-on science to sustain Madagascar's resources and people

Join Dr. Wright for a virtual (or in person) lecture on her mission to save Madagascar's biodiversity. This event will be hosted by the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens. Details are below.

Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden

2021 Barrows Lecture Series Tickets on Sale Now

Topics include wildlife on Madagascar and insight into bee populations


New this year. Watch the lecture from the comfort of your home with our new virtual ticket option.


CINCINNATI, OH (March 1, 2021) — Since 1993, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Barrows Lecture Series has brought a slate of esteemed naturalists and scientists to Cincinnati to address wildlife issues and global conservation efforts.  This year, with the addition of a virtual option, people all over the world can attend the lectures!

                “We’re excited to welcome two guest lecturers this year,” said Cincinnati Zoo director Thane Maynard.  “Dr. Patricia Wright, one of the world’s leading primatologists, will share her extensive knowledge of lemur and wildlife native to Madagascar, and Dr. Olivia Carril will discuss what she’s learned in the 20 years that she’s been studying native bees!”

            Limited seats are available for the in-person lectures, which will take place in the Zoo’s Frisch’s Theater.  Tickets are $17 for non-members, $15 for members, and only $5 for virtual attendees.

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Saving Madagascar: Nature’s Lost Paradise

Dr. Wright is best known for her groundbreaking work with lemurs in Madagascar. In 1986 she discovered and described a new species of lemur, the Golden Bamboo Lemur. For the past 26 years she has carried out long-term behavioral research on the Milne Edward’s Sifaka. In addition to her scientific contributions, Dr. Wright has played a key role in wildlife conservation, spearheading the establishment of Ranomafana National Park in Madagascar in 1991. She founded the Institute for the Conservation of Tropical Environment in 1991, and established the Research Station Centre ValBio in Madagascar, which features the state of the art research facility NamanaBe Hall.

For over 25 years, the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden has presented its Wildlife Conservation Award to one of its Barrows Conservation Lecture Series speakers.  Dr. Patricia Wright will be the 2021 recipient of the Cincinnati Zoo Wildlife Conservation Award.