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European zoos celebrate Madagascar National Day
On 26 June Madagascar celebrates its National Day. The Living Rainforest will be among the zoos and aquaria all over Europe joining this celebration and organising Malagasy activities.
The activities on 26 June are part of the 2006/7 Madagascar campaign organised by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA). During the campaign year, The Living Rainforest and other EAZA members will tell their visitors about the wonderful flora and fauna of the island and raise funds for conservation projects.
EAZA member institutions will organise various activities, showing the magnificent Malagasy animals and plants and explaining the threats to their survival. Madagascar National Day is an extra reason to bring this message to the visitors and invite them to join the celebrations and help conserve the island.
Marc Ravalomanana, the president of Madagascar strongly supports the EAZA campaign: “As President of Madagascar I am delighted that EAZA has chosen Madagascar for its conservation campaign. This public show of support for Madagascar, its people and its biodiversity by zoos of Europe, and their visiting public, will be deeply appreciated throughout Madagascar.”
The well-known British actor John Cleese is the Patron of the EAZA Madagascar Campaign and states that “The EAZA Madagascar Campaign will bring this extraordinary island to millions of visitors throughout the EAZA network, stimulating, we hope, a positive surge of energy and interest that will generate funds for the vital conservation projects on the island.”
All funds raised on 26 June and through other activities will benefit conservation projects on Madagascar. Initially twenty projects have been selected that will receive financial support. These twenty projects have been carefully selected ensuring that different types of projects are represented: education, community projects, habitat protection, species protection, research or a combination. The ultimate fundraising target of the campaign is €500.000.
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