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

Preparing for the Adventure!
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Blog from MBP Volunteer, Sara Hello Everyone! My name is Sara and I am one of the newest volunteers with the MBP and their black-and-white ruffed lemur (Varecia variegata) project! I am very excited to have this opportunity to study such fascinating animals and to get the chance to travel to a different part of the world and be exposed to a new culture for the next 6 months! Fortunately for me, I got this … Read More

The Results are in…
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MBP was selected as one of the winning organizations in the Zoo Boise 2012 Conservation Fund Competition!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! A million “thank yous” can not express the gratitude that we here at the MBP and Omaha Zoo feel for your recognition for our project and efforts to vote for us. It’s a wonderful feeling to know that so many people believe in what we are doing and want to help Madagascar … Read More

We need your vote!
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We Need Your Vote For Zoo Boise’s Conservation Fund Competition! We are counting on you!     Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium and the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership have a great opportunity to help the lemurs, wildlife and people of Madagascar – but we need your help. We are entered in Zoo Boise’s 2013 Conservation Fund, and if we get enough votes, we will get to share in $110,000 worth of grants! In just the … Read More

A Vanity Affair- Into the Wild 2012 Fashion Show
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On September 15, 2012, a unique fundraiser was held to benefit the MBP’s efforts in Madagascar. A Vanity Affair’s Into the Wild 2012 Fashion Show brought together a number of artists, models, and fashion enthusiasts to create a fashion show in which the designs were inspired by nature.                 The event was held in the Suzanne and Walter Scott Aquarium Education and Conference Center at Omaha’s Henry Doorly … Read More

2012 Great Plains Summer Field Day
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Representatives from MBP-OHDZA attended the recent 2012 Great Plains Summer Field Day, hosted by Oak Prairie Nursery and Estates, just outside of Lincoln, Nebraska. The event brought together people with a knack for growing plants, including botanists and arborists, as well as nursery and landscape professionals. Papio Valley Nursery Inc was gracious in sponsoring the MBP-OHDZA to enable us share stories and ideas about our reforestation program in Madagascar. Key attractions at the MBP-OHDZA booth … Read More

Last stand of the Madagascan spider tortoise
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Here’s a story from the BBC highlighting MBP’s collaborative effort to protect the critically endangered spider tortoise of southern Madagascar. http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/19161652  

Tough Stuff Celebration
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Special thanks to the Goggio Family Foundation and the Mohamed bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund for helping the MBP distribute Tough Stuff solar-powered equipment to area residents that have participa

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