The Madagascar Auction is being put on by Stony Brook University’s Centre ValBio (CVB), the premier research and conservation facility in Madagascar, holding its annual Save the Lemurs event. Hosting the evening is Patricia Wright, PhD. a distinguished Professor of Anthropology, a MacArthur Fellow, and world-renowned primatologist specializing in lemur biology committed to preserving Madagascar’s endangered forests. She is the first female winner of the Indianapolis Prize for Conservation (2014) and the Founder of Centre ValBio. Dr. Wright was the driving force behind the creation of Ranomafana National Park, a 106,000-acre World Heritage Site in southeastern Madagascar, home to many endangered species, including 15 lemur species, five of which are critically endangered.

Teaming up with Mary L. Harden School of Botanical Illustration and Susan Wheeler for the Save the Lemurs Madagascar Auction. These botanical illustrations were created from observations of live plant specimens over the course of a year to benefit Dr. Patricia Wright’s conservation work in Madagascar. The originals will be exhibited at the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture in 2023.