Doppio and The Lemur Forest Adventure
It’s no secret that our global wildlife community is under increasing pressure due to factors such as climate change, deforestation and general habitat degradation.
As a point of reference, our current rate of species loss
is far worse now than it was 65 million years ago –
at the time of the extinction of the dinosaurs.
Fortunately though, it is not too late to act.
Taronga’s Conservation Society (Taronga) are playing a crucial role in ensuring future generations have the pleasure of sharing our planet with its wildlife for years to come, by fostering a sense of shared responsibility and empowerment in today’s younger generations.
Part of Taronga’s role in this conservation strategy is providing kids and adults alike with engaging and meaningful interactions with wildlife, to convert people’s positive connections with animals into actions that will contribute to wildlife conservation and habitat protection programs.
These interactions provide a key to understanding ourselves, and the world we live in, as well as the impacts – both positive and negative – that we have on the planet and its environments.
At Doppio, we are very proud to announce that we have been appointed as part of the project team to develop an interpretation plan for Taronga’s next conservation venture – The Lemur Forest Adventure.
Lemurs are primates endemic to the island of Madagascar off the African coast, where they rafted from the African continent around 17–25 million years ago on mats of vegetation. As resourceful and highly adaptable as these creatures are, they are regarded as one of the most endangered primates in the world largely due to habitat loss and degradation.
The Lemur Forest Adventure will be a world-class immersive space that provides an area within the zoo grounds where direct and positive connections can be made between the Lemurs, their habitat and visitors through discovery, adventure and play.
Integral to the successful implementation of this project is profound and effective interpretation. Interpretation helps makes sense of life, of systems and structures. At a zoo it provides perspectives on the animals in the exhibit, both in their exhibits and in the wild.
Interpreters deal in ideas, stories and experiences to stimulate imagination and, in turn, elicit responses. Responses, which it is hoped will act for the greater good of our planet.
We are thrilled to be part of this project and we look forward to sharing our strategic and creative vision to ensure the project is realised to its full potential. Through our part, we hope to play a greater role in the conservation of the Lemur community for future generations to enjoy… and because we really like Lemurs!