This professor of anthropology at Stony Brook University was honored recently with the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. The prize recognized Wright’s dedication to the preservation of Madagascar’s lemurs and ecosystems. Wright’s work, which began in 1986, has not been limited to ecology and animal conservation, however. She has also worked with Madagascar’s government and communities to improve rainforest preservation, healthcare, employment and education systems. The Indianapolis Prize consists of an original artwork commemorating the doctor’s achievements as well as $250,000. Wright said she will use the funds to continue her work and to create conservation fellowships for students from Madagascar. A book about Wright’s experiences, For the Love of Lemurs: My Life in the Wilds of Madagascar, will be released this month.

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