Arrival in Madagascar
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Blog by MBP Volunteer,Thomas     I arrived in Antanananarivo, or Tana for short, in the afternoon of November 7th and was met at the airport by Dr. Ed Louis, Stefan, and Nirina. On our trip to the MBP office along the bustling and narrow streets of the capital I learned more about the country and MBP from the experienced Ed and the two locals. I met the friendly staff before dropping my stuff at … Read More

A Week in the Life of the Reforestation Team…
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Blog by MBP Volunteer, Hilary One of our new reforestation volunteers, Hilary, has sent us a blog about the process and preparation it takes to get trees planted back into the forests of Madagascar! It takes a lot of care and back breaking work to get this big job done. We are so happy to have all of the dedicated volunteers and local communities helping. You can help too… go to greenvolved.com to read more … Read More

One Year Later…
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Blog from MBP Volunteer, Abby   Photo courtesy of Abby   Being back in Tana 1 year after arriving is slightly surreal… there’s so much everything I haven’t been able to access easily for so long, i.e. all sorts of foods. With a few days until I fly, I am very much at a halfway point between Kianjavato and home, with Kianjavato not so far (and still getting children scream “SALUT VASAHA” at me wherever … Read More

Getting Ready for the Field
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Blog by MBP Volunteer, Victoria   Getting Ready for the Field Screaming with excitement!   Reading Hilary’s blog was comforting. Someone from the other side of the world was having the exact same thoughts as me and was receiving the exact same reaction from friends and colleagues. “Oh my god, you’re moving to Madagascar? It will be just like the movie!” Ummm, probably not quite like that, but close enough. One month is not a … Read More

Aquaponics Project
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MBP’s Aquaponic Project is Partnering with Whispering Roots     We have been working with Whispering Roots to build an aquaponic system in the conservation genetics lab, so that we can learn more about how to build a system to use in Madagascar. Check all the fun we’re having. Special thanks to Greg at Whispering Roots and his interns, Rita and Bree, as well as our very own Zoo Acadamy Student, Merritt, for all their … Read More

“You’re Doing What?”
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Blog from Hilary, MBP Reforestation Team   I’m going to Madagascar to work on a reforestation and lemur conservation program. Is this really happening!? Following my interview, I had to do everything in my power not to think about the possibility of getting the position before I knew for sure, but after receiving an email offering me the position as a volunteer with the reforestation program, the floodgates were open. Sorting through the thoughts racing … Read More

Aye-aye Article from WIRED Magazine
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Aye-Aye Gives World the Highly Elongated Finger! By Matt Simon of WIRED Magazine 09.20.13   Click here, to view the Article!  

The Wonderful, Horrible, One of a Kind Taxi-Brousse Experience
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Blog from MBP Volunteer, Steph Cramming 35 people (albeit including children) in a van meant for 15 people, getting sick, having a chicken pop out from under the seat between your feet- Anyone that has traveled in Madagascar, I mean genuinely traveled (no renting a car business) knows the wonderful, horrible, one of a kind experience on a taxi-brousse. A taxi-brousse is a large van with four rows of seats that are meant to fit … Read More

Raining Voapaka Seeds
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Blog from MBP Reforestation Volunteer, Tessa   Lalas, one of MBP’s core nursery team, cut off a piece of Voapaka root as we entered the primary forest of Vatovavy. It was a fairly narrow piece of root, no thicker than a pencil, and he asked me if I wanted a bite. “It makes you strong!” echoed Nivo and Andre, two other core nursery team members. Lalas laughed, and I figured extra strength could only help … Read More

Sharing Movie Night in Kianjavato
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Blog from MBP Volunteer, Steph     Last Saturday, Theoluc and I went to Hery’s house in Kianjavato to watch the BBC Madagascar documentary that was specially dubbed in Malagasy; Ed gave all the MBP employees a copy (even if they don’t have a TV!) Hery set up the generator and we all got comfortable in his little 8 x 5 foot living room. It started out just being the three P.simus guides (Hery, Theoluc, … Read More

National World Safaris- Conservation Update from Madagascar Article
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It is great to be working together with Natural World Safaris in helping to protect and promote sustainable Eco-tourism in Kianjavato, Madagascar. The Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership and its employees at Kianjavato see tourism and the visitors as the future for the community, linking economic growth with the biodiversity that surrounds them. Protecting this biodiversity and showing it off to visitors from all over the world has become such an important incentive to the MBP… employees … Read More

Dr. Louis with newly found male Aye-aye, Zeppelin
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  At KAFS with Zeppelin, the new Aye-aye found the night before the IPC Meeting visit   We’re so excited to have some pictures to share of Dr. Edward Louis’ trip so far…Once again, We would like to thank Conservation Fusion for all their hard work preparing KAFS and involving the local community for all the delighted visitors. More pictures to come… from the field!!!                        

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