NORWALK, Conn. - Trailblazing scientist Dr. Patricia Wright, featured in the new IMAX movie “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” will talk about her work with these endangered primates in a special presentation on Thursday, April 17, at The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk.
Wright, a professor of biological anthropology at Stony Brook University on Long Island, N.Y., is an expert on lemurs and the people and environment of Madagascar. The new IMAX movie, which opened at The Maritime Aquarium on April 4, blends two stories: the unique natural history of lemurs and Wright’s lifelong mission to help the strange and adorable creatures survive in the modern world.
“Dr. Wright is going to be in very high demand because of this wonderful new movie, so we feel especially fortunate to be able to welcome her so close to the premiere,” said Jennifer Herring, president of The Maritime Aquarium. “We’re sure she’ll have lots of amazing stories about lemurs and a compelling conservation message.”
It’s an exciting year for Wright. Aside from being the featured scientist in a new IMAX movie, she is one of six finalists for the 2014 Indianapolis Prize, the world’s leading award for animal conservation. (The winner will be announced this summer.)
The 7:30 p.m. talk will be followed by a screening of “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar.” Tickets are $20, or $16 for aquarium members.
To reserve tickets for Patricia Wright’s lecture on April 17 or for the daily screenings of “Island of Lemurs: Madagascar,” go to www.maritimeaquarium.org or call 203-852-0700, ext. 2206.
“Island of the Lemurs: Madagascar” is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and IMAX Entertainment. It’s rated G.