“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
Blog by MBP Volunteer, Nina On one of our taxi brousse-rides back to KAFS from Mananjary (a coastal town about 2 hours from KAFS) early in March, Sara and I had some very unusual company for a good 45-minute stretch of the trip. The trip began as it usually does with the driver that we have befriended and always take because he used to work with one of MBP’s drivers. It’s a nice situation because … Read More
Tomorrow is World Environment Day! “Given this enormous imbalance in lifestyles and the resultant devastating effects on the environment, this year’s theme – Think.Eat.Save – encourages you to become more aware of the environmental impact of the food choices you make and empowers you to make informed decisions.” Our focus for this year’s theme is COMPOSTING. Find ways to make your garden greener and recycle your waste at the same time! Check out the United … Read More
Blog from MBP Volunteer, Abby A few isolated incidents over the past few months have highlighted to us how fantastic the MBP team is in Kianjavato. While frightening at the time, looking back makes all of us proud of how close the community is. In Ambalahosy (the village closest to KAFS) a few months ago we heard a huge bang, and word quickly got around that there had been a taxi-brousse accident. On visiting the … Read More
Congratulations to our very own, Dr. Edward E. Louis, who is an author in several sections about lemurs in the new hardback, “Handbook of the Mammals of the World: Primates” which has not yet been released. It is a beautiful book. Perfect for any collection! You may pre-order it now. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com.