‘Thank You, Madagascar’ describes conservation challenges
Thank You, Madagascar
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.