Cyclones, sifakas and dragonflies – Peter’s Blog

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Peter’s Recount of Cyclone Freddy It’s been an eventful few weeks since my last blog piece. A few weeks! Time is whizzing by. There’s really only one topic I can start with this time. Cyclone Freddy. Before it arrived people were understandably very nervous with the memories of Batsirai in February 2022 still fresh in their minds. Everyone prepared for Freddy’s well heralded arrival. The residents around KAFS strengthened and buttressed their homes. They used … Read More

Settling In – Peter’s Blog

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Peter’s Blog – 1st Feb. 2023 to 18th Feb. 2023 Now that I am here a few weeks I feel that I am settling into the daily routine of life at KAFS. The working week at KAFS begins with the MBP vehicles ferrying staff and materials to where they need to be. When I am part of the seed collection team, I travel in the minibus which picks up staff, including other members of the … Read More

Changing Perspectives – Peter’s Blog

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Peter’s Blog – 16th Jan. 2023 to 31st Jan. 2023 After months of planning, preparation and anticipation, it is very exciting to have arrived in Madagascar. As you can imagine it is a long journey from Derry in the northwest of Ireland to Kianjavato Ahmanson Field Station, both in terms of distance and seasons. I have traveled about 10,000km and from winter to summer. It was snowing gently when I locked my front door to … Read More

MBP Volunteer Reflection

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MBP Volunteer Reflections by Bailey Arnold Madagascar was a little intimidating in the beginning, but it has allowed me to grow in so many ways. I just completed my first semester in college, but this experience has allowed me to stick out from the other students. I am not afraid to go and try new things, in fact I have joined the UNL Women’s Hockey team without any experience. I am not afraid to ask … Read More

Meet our New Volunteer, Peter!

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Meet our Newest Volunteer, Peter!   I am from Derry, a city of about 100,000 inhabitants in the northwest of Ireland. I am currently on a career break from my job as an environmental health officer in the neighbouring county of Donegal.  In my spare time I love cycling and birdwatching and I often combine both in the form of cycle touring holidays. I particularly enjoy visiting islands and have been lucky enough to cycle … Read More

Meet Our New Volunteer, Andreas!

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Hi, my name is Andreas and I come from Denmark. In august 2021 I graduated my education as Animal Keeper, specializing in animals in zoos. I have been working 3 years in a Danish zoo with a great variety of species and there I got a special interest in lemurs. After having graduated I then did a 6-month Erasmus Pro internship in a zoo in The Netherlands. There I spent a lot of my time … Read More

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