Blog from MBP Volunteer, Thomas
with No Comments

Thomas ny Matazzaka (Thomas the Strong), Prolemur Simus Volunteer & Arm-Wrestler Extraordinaire   I have also seen countless insects of every kind, some dazzling in their splendor. I have started to learn more of the local birds, especially after a birding trip with one of the local guides last weekend. Lizards – mainly geckos and skinks –abound. I have seen a few chameleons as well, curious creatures with fascinating adaptations, but they are much harder to find … Read More

Settling into Life in the Jungle
with No Comments

  Blog by MBP Volunteer, Thomas   Photo courtesy of Dr. Edward E. Louis Jr. I am writing this entry having been in KAFS and studying the Greater Bamboo Lemur for nearly a month. After the first week detailed above I was joined by the other volunteer working on the simus project, Victoria, and we have done our best to figure out the program. I will keep up my very valid cliché by saying she … Read More

One Month in Madagascar
with No Comments

Blog from MBP Volunteer, Olivia   Photo courtesy of Dr. Edward Louis, Jr. I’ve been here a month, but it feels like only a week. Time is flying by! I’ve gotten to understand the ins and outs of the Varecia research and it is going pretty well. I run through the forest, following my guide and writing down data, while trying to flag and GPS trees and not trip over vines. Wow! The heat and … Read More

My First Week of Lemurs…
with No Comments

Photo of Ruffiface courtesy of Dr. Louis Blog by MBP Volunteer, Thomas My first week of following lemurs has been a wonderful and enlightening period. I began by briefly meeting the five guides who work on Prolemur simus, and going out to follow the “West 1” group with the experienced guide Hery, and a student from Tulsa in a study abroad program named Kate. She is here for a few weeks doing a project on … Read More

My Biggest Challenge in Madagascar…
with No Comments

Blog from MBP Volunteer, Hilary     With so many different jobs requiring workers from different villages around KAFS, there have been a lot of new faces to remember. One of the biggest challenges I’ve met is communication with the people we work with. Thanks to some more seasoned volunteers and the permanent Malagasy reforestation team at KAFS, I’ve started to learn a few necessary phrases, but to say my Malagasy leaves something to be … Read More

Arrival in Madagascar
with No Comments

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…
with No Comments

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…
with No Comments

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
with No Comments

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
with No Comments

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?”
with No Comments

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
with No Comments

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

1 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 27