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Alison Jolly’s last book chronicles efforts to save lemurs

‘Thank You, Madagascar’ describes conservation challenges

10:00am, June 28, 2015

LURE OF LEMURS  Alison Jolly began the first long-term field study of ring-tailed lemurs in 1962. She dedicated much of her later career to conservation efforts, as she details in Thank You, Madagascar.

Thank You, Madagascar
Alison Jolly
Zed Books, $27.95

When Alison Jolly died last year, the world lost one of its leading authorities on lemurs. Jolly began studying these primates on her first trip to Madagascar in 1962 and spent much of her career documenting the animals’ social lives. But her academic work was hardly her only legacy. Like many other researchers who study endangered species, Jolly came to devote more and more of her time to protecting her study subjects. These efforts are the topic of her last book, Thank You, Madagascar, which offers a firsthand look at conservation’s difficult, time-consuming, frustrating and political aspects.

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