July 5, 2008

Madagascar Project for Youngsters

DUDLEY children have found the "write" lines to link up with a school in Madagascar, thanks to a pioneering conservation project at Dudley Zoo.

Pupils at Hillcrest Secondary School, Netherton, have joined the zoo's fund-raising project to protect wildlife on the Indian Ocean island and are liaising via a zoo partnership.

Zoo chief executive Peter Suddock said: "Hillcrest students were among the first in the region to sign up to our outreach programmes and learned all about the plight of animals on Madagascar, in particular red ruffed lemurs.

"We took our lemurs to the school to meet pupils and teaching staff were delighted to become involved in our conservation project.

"Students have written letters in French to pupils on the island and we made contact with a field researcher there."

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