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

The search for Manga Be
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Blog by Sophie and Megan, 2010-11 MBP Varecia monitoring team     Big V (Vatovavy) on the morning walk in. All was going well for team Varecia at Vatovavy. Lemurs were being followed and data meticulously collected. Until one day in late November when an old faithful Lemur, Manga Be (blue collar), appeared to have gone off radar. After many searches of his usual terrain around the lower foothills of Vatovavy, morale was beginning to … Read More

Anticipating the Unexpected
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From Mary, a 2010-11 MBP Prolemur simus monitoring team volunteer   When I first told my friends and family I was embarking on an adventure of a lifetime to follow endangered lemurs in the forests of Madagascar I received a wide array of reactions. Although responses varied, there seemed to be an overall general sentiment that was quite universal: “Mary, you’re just not really the ‘campy’ type, are you sure you can do this?” As … Read More

We made the cover!
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A collaborative effort between leading researchers at the University of Chicago, Penn State, and our own Dr. Edward Louis Jr., has led to the publication of their research findings regarding the unique genome sequence of the Aye aye. Doesn’t the Aye-aye look awesome on this cover?!?        

Interesting tidbits from an MBP volunteer
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From Ryan, a 201-12 MBP Varecia monitoring team volunteer   The part I love most about my job working in Kianjavato is that every day holds the potential to see and experience something totally new and unique that I would never find anywhere else.  Each day as you walk through the jungle, there are always new plants and animals waiting to be seen. Regardless of how bad of a mood I may be in, or … Read More

Thanks CEF!
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In 2010, OHDZ-MBP was awarded a grant from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums and the Conservation Endowment Fund. This grant was to help support our reforestation program as well as expand our rocket stove program in Kianjavato, Madagascar. We just turned in our final reports and are proud to announce that our effort has proven to be a success. The video highlights some of the advances we’ve made this year. Thanks AZA & CEF … Read More

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