Madagascar National Marine Day
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May 22, 2012 is recognized as Madagascar National Marine Day, festivities for which coincided with this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity designed to raise awareness and inspire practical action. Here’s a photo of the poster highlighting the activities of the day. MBP is noted among the list of contributors to this important event.     Learn more about the International Day for Biological Diversity by clicking here.  

Anti-Malaria Day Festivities
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MBP participates in local Kianjavato festivities to fight the spread of Malaria.      

Rocket Stove Workshop
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Mindy and the crew from the Genetics department at the Henry Doorly Zoo have put together a short video explaining how to make a rocket stove like the ones they are teaching the Malagasy people to make. It’s a great idea for anyone interested in a cleaner way to cook in the great outdoors!    

Malagasy Crane
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This is Team Work!   These Malagasy men are moving a very heavy, power generator for MBP to a truck for transport and singing the whole way.    

Building a Well for a Nursery
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  In order to be sustainable, MBP digs a well for every nursery built, near each community to provide water during the dry season. The building of these wells are all hand dug. There is no electrical power or cranes used, only man power! Here you see the men putting in concrete cylinders for the sides of the well, so that it does not collapse.    

New Video- Diademed Sifaka Family at play!
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Check out one of our newest videos! It’s super cute!!!    

Reforestation Efforts in Kianjavato, Madagascar
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Over the last 50 years, the rainforests of Kianjavato in southeastern Madagascar have been carved away to expand agricultural land and provide firewood and lumber to communitymembers, leaving behind pockets of fragmented forests. These unprotected forests are inhabited by amphibians, lemurs, chameleons, insects, carnivores and flora unlike anywhere else. Two critically endangered lemurs, the greater bamboo lemur and the black and white ruffed lemur, also reside in these forests of Kianjavato. To protect this amazing … Read More

KAFS Alphabet
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By Liz – a 2011-12 MBP Varecia monitoring team volunteer   I just completed nine months of volunteer work on the Varecia project and I really like to make lists, so here is a list of what I like about KAFS (in alphabetical order):   Aye-aye!  Just a couple of weeks after arriving in Madagascar, the dart team captured the second aye-aye in the area. I was really hoping I would get to see an aye-aye … Read More

A Few Amazing Creatures
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By Sophie and Megan, 2010-11 MBP Varecia monitoring team   A few amazing creatures snapped at Vatovavy by Sophie & Megan Beetle found whilst exploring the other side of Vatovavy Cute baby Highland Streaked Tenrec Cricket as big as my fist, monstrous! Caterpillar with the night’s sky on its back The star of the show, it is of course Varecia varigata  

Camp Life at KAFS
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Blog from 2011-2012 MBP Varecia Volunteer, Ryan Hello all!  I’m Ryan, one of the newest volunteers to take over for Mary and Sophie on the Varecia project. As I was packing and preparing for my time in Madagascar, I made sure I checked out the website to try and figure out what I had gotten myself into. While I enjoyed reading the blogs about frogs and chasing lemurs written by the previous set of volunteers, … Read More

The Do’s and Don’ts of being an MBP Volunteer
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Blog from 2011-12 MBP Prolemur simus monitoring team volunteer, Elle   Working in the field following lemurs day in and day out, I have definitely learnt the hard way on some of the things you should and should not do! This has allowed me to devise a helpful Do’s and Don’ts guide, which is as follows:   Do’s and Don’ts Always trust your guide. If he warns you to go slow, take his word or … Read More

On a Malagasy road, heading towards Kianjavato
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From Cynthia, OHDZ-MBP Post-Doctoral researcher studying the Greater bamboo lemur   The bus that was supposed to depart the taxi brousse station at 7am is finally lurching out amid diesel-choked fumes and roving vendors selling last minute desperately needed road trip provisions such as lace-fringed overstuffed cushions and cheap, naked, plastic dolls.  What was I thinking to have left home without those?  As we pull onto the road just over two hours late I settle … Read More

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