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
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
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
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
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!!!
“I just returned to the office in Antananarivo from the ‘field’ and the International Prosimian Congress (IPC), so I have been away from the internet. I attended the launch on July 31st in Antananarivo of the IUCN Lemur Strategic Plan, the first one since 1993, as a contributing editor. Kianjavato, indeed, is one of the 30 lemur priority sites. At the IPC meeting, four of our Malagasy students presented. Further, I was one of … Read More
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium- Members Day 2013 July 31st was the first run for this year’s Members Day! The Genetics department had a great time introducing two games… The “Aye-aye Grub Hunter” and the “Aye-aye Grub” toss were a hit. “Grub Hunter” was a game were the kids had to pretend they were nocturnal Aye-ayes and search around for grubs in a tree trunk without looking. They had to use a long finger … Read More
Blog by MBP Volunteer- Nina Hamilton As part of the reforestation team, Andre, one of our nursery assistants, and I joined the Varecia team in the forest last week to collect seeds to germinate in our reforestation nurseries. A key part of the reforestation program, we collect seeds from Varecia poop (yes, poop) for our nurseries. Varecia are an ideal lemur species for this since they tend to eat the fruits whole (even larger … Read More
Peggy is a visiting graduate student in Zoology from University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was able to take the opportunity to send us a little photo update from the field. Here is a picture of a Madagascar harrier-hawk, which she has seen twice now. This photo was taken while observing the lemurs and they reacted very strongly to its presence. Immediately upon the hawk’s arrival in a nearby tree, the group began alarm-calling and all individuals retreated to within a few feet … Read More
If you are coming to visit the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, I highly recommend visiting the Madagascar Exhibit in the morning. We recently went down there to see the baby fossas and their mother. They were so playful and energetic. We were able to catch some of their climbing and acrobatic moves on video. Enjoy!
2013 ZACC Conference We want to thank BLANK PARK ZOO for their incredible hospitality hosting the 2013 ZACC conference. We came back energized to continue our mission to rebuild the flora and fauna of Madagascar, as well as helping the local people. The mission of this conference was do do just that. We were able to meet so many incredible people and organizations with great ideas and passion to fuel our fire! Well done :o) … Read More
Blog update from one of our newest MBP Volunteers, Erin 🙂 Well, I have been in Madagascar for about 3 weeks now and I have been at KAFS for about 2 weeks. So far everything is good. I basically spend Monday-Friday watching and/or chasing black and white ruffed lemurs around the forest. It really doesn’t get any better than that. I have also seen some really cool animals these last two weeks. … Read More