The BBC’s Deadly Mission Madagascar: Searching for the mysterious Aye-aye
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The BBC’s Deadly Mission Madagascar: Searching for the mysterious Aye-aye   CLICK ON PHOTO ABOVE!   SUPER Exciting! The BBC was in Kianjavato, Madagascar for almost two weeks in the summer of 2012 shooting footage for the UK-based TV series “Deadly:Mission Madagascar”. More than 38 BBC-ers and 8 kids from the UK were hosted by the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership(MBP) and Conservation Fusion(CF) and participated in CF programs. Check out the link above provided by Susie McGuire, … Read More

Life in Madagascar…
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Blog from MBP Volunteer, Jack Anyone flying into Madagascar for the first time can expect to feel more than a little nervous. The excitement of planning your trip to the jungle and see the unique wildlife and endearing lemurs will by then have subsided only to be replaced by a sense of trepidation. What is this barren moonscape the plane is flying over? Not a single lemur or chameleon waving to greet me from its … Read More

International Women’s Day
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Here’s a blog post on the groups of women that work with MBP. I figured this would be good timing for International Women’s Day on March 8th which, of course, the Ambalahosy women are preparing a celebration for and even Dadalioka is excited about. – MBP Volunteer, Nina     Vehivavy Vonona & the Women’s Teams In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8th, I’d like to bring into the spotlight the awesome women … Read More

Madagascar Drone Missions
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The MBP have plans to use drone technologies to make observations of the Malagasy landscape. Attached above is a link for the video and article that shows a test flight that was conducted by the team from Conservation Drones.org. Check it out!   http://motherboard.vice.com/read/drones-are-sniffing-out-illegal-logging-in-madagascar#sthash.ssCEnpWV.dpuf   Madagascar Team Leader and Drone operator: Zuzana Burivalova (PhD candidate) Applied Ecology & Conservation Lab, ETH Zurich   With support from: Dr Martin Bauert, ZOO Zurich Wildlife Conservation Society Madagascar Madagascar National Parks … Read More

KAFS Construction Projects
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Blog from MBP Volunteer, Peter Photos courtesy of Peter   The students and staff in their new raincoats.   New wall supporting the Denver Nursery     New wall supporting the Denver Nursery   New wall supporting the Denver Nursery   Future tent site for staff next to dining and storage   Well recharge for showers   Future tent site for staff next to dining and storage area   Future tent site for staff next … Read More

Litchi Season is Here
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Blog from MBP Volunteer, Nina Miasa mafy vao mikaly nama! Translation: Those who work hard will be fed, my friend!   Litchi baskets stacked and ready to be filled next to the Ambolotara fokontany sign.   A tree behind Ambolotara with many bright red, litchi masaka.   Litchi season is in full swing, and no better time to see this popular Malagasy song’s phrase in action. The first signs of litchi season come even weeks … Read More

Adventures & Renovations in Madagascar
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Blog from MBP Volunteer, Sara After a wonderful Christmas spent on the west coast of Madagascar, we volunteers have once more returned to KAFS and to our work with the lemurs! I am, as always, so happy to see our furry friends again as well as our Malagasy friends and co-workers. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed their vacation. I’ve been told that the P.Simus team have had another new baby over Christmas, which is really … Read More

Conservation Fusion’s Lemur-O-Rama
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Blog from MBP Volunteer, Abby   I am now 2 months into my stay in Madagascar and it’s been a whirlwind. We were lucky enough to be in Kianjavato for “Lemur-O-Rama”, meticulously planned by Susie McGuire of Conservation Fusion(one of MBP’s partners). One of our Simus guides asked me what the meaning of “O-Rama” was? I wasn’t quite sure how to answer since I didn’t know what to expect myself. The day spoke for itself. … Read More

MBP’s Tree Nurseries
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For MBP to reach its lofty goal of planting a million trees in the Kianjavato landscape, we’ve been ramping up our activities in a number of important ways. MBP and the Kianjavato community designated numerous sites for the tree satellite nurseries. MBP also hired local residents to assist with the project, such as participating the lemur monitoring program and also collect seed-ladened lemur fecal samples. Not only do these samples provide the source material for … Read More

MBP teams up with Akany Avaoko for an education adventure with Malagasy Children!
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Earlier this month, children from tha Akany Avoko children’s home in Antananarivo, Madagascar, visited MBP’s operations at Kianjavato. Many of the children had never personally seen their country’s unique wildlife.   Learn more by visiting: http://akany-avoko.blogspot.com/2012/11/education-and-adventure-part-3_9.html  

There are no penguins in the real Madagascar
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“Oh I love Madagascar, the penguins are so funny” says the nurse, jabbing my arm with a needle. “I don’t think there are any penguins in Madagascar” “I mean the ones in the film, the ones that fly that aeroplane” The weeks leading up to my joining the Prolemur simus monitoring project have included a lot of conversations like this. To many people in Britain it seems ‘Madagascar’ means cartoon animals shipwrecked on some island. … Read More

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