Seneca Park Zoo gives award to conservationist for work in Madagascar

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The Seneca Park Zoo presented Dr. Patricia Wright with the Conservation Warrior Award on Thursday.

The award honors people whose commitment to conservation has made meaningful impacts on species’ survival.

Dr. Wright is a renowned anthropologist who spent her early life in Rochester and has devoted her career to preserving biodiversity in Madagascar. She co-founded a national park there to protect 160 square miles of rainforest and the lemurs that live in it.

“It really means a lot to me because it means that people care,” Dr. Wright said. “They care about all the work that I’ve done in Madagascar to save the rainforest and to save the people.”

Wright also won a $20,000 grant to continue her work.