FCBStudios has teamed up with Bristol Zoological Society (BZS), landscape architect Grant Associates and the Richard Feilden Foundation in a project to save Madagascar’s critically endangered wildlife, including the blue-eyed black lemur, and their forest habitat.
The project will help BZS to develop its existing field research centre and eco-tourist camp in the heart of Ankarafa Forest on the Sahamalaza Peninsula, part of Radama National Park. This north western part of Madagascar is one of the most biodiverse on earth and lies within an UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
The project aims to improve Ankarafa’s existing basic field research facility and to help develop a strategy for the future management of the Forest. The team wants to help protect the forest from continuing deforestation, while helping to secure the future livelihood of its people.
Peter Clegg, chair of the Richard Feilden Foundation and senior partner at FCBStudios, commented: "We are delighted to be working on this exciting collaboration as part of the Richard Feilden Foundation's ongoing work in Africa. The RFF was set up in memory of architect Richard Feilden. His connections with East Africa inspired him to share his skills and enthusiasm in order to make the world a better place, and this is a fitting project for the foundation to contribute to.
"Architects from FCBStudios will be providing innovative architectural and building design expertise for the remote location in Ankarafa Forest, designing a series of simple buildings that will form the research camp for Bristol Zoo in northern Madagascar."