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

We have babies!
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While the Northern hemisphere prepares for the upcoming fall and winter, in Madagascar it is springtime. Over the last month, many forest animals are having babies, including the Black and white ruffed lemurs in the forests around Kianjavato. A key part of our ongoing conservation research program is in the forests near the commune of Kianjavato in the southeast.  So far this season, MBP research staff and volunteers have identified 19 Black and white ruffed … Read More

Thanks for Voting!
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Thanks to all of you who helped during the 2011 Zoo Boise Conservation Fund open voting session. Unfortunately, the MBP was not selected as one of the top four candidates for funding. Although this is a disappointment, we are honored just to make the cut for the top eight conservation organizations that were up for consideration. We were up against some amazing conservation efforts, focused on the plight of the cheetah, orangutan, or rhino, all … Read More

Watch Our Video and Vote!
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Here’s a little video that explains our project for consideration by the 2011 Zoo Boise Conservation Fund. Our proposal “Lemurs Rebuilding Madagascar’s Forest – Let’s Doo-Doo It!” is asking for funding to further strengthen our community-supported reforestation program that uses seeds collected from lemur doo-doo to regrow the forests of Kianjavato! We need your vote so we can reach our 1 million tree goal!!! Now through October 28, you can cast your vote by visiting … Read More

MBP Candidate for Zoo Boise 2011 Conservation Fund
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Here’s an easy way YOU can help the lemurs and forest of Madagascar! We’ve been selected as one of the top 8 candidates by Zoo Boise’s 2011 Conservation Fund. In this competition, the public gets to vote on which conservation effort to support, and the top 4 winners will be awarded grant funding. Our proposal “Lemurs Rebuilding Madagascar’s Forest – Let’s Doo-Doo It!” is asking for funding to further strengthen our community-supported reforestation program that … Read More

Tortoises Seized in Madagascar
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196 Critically Endangered tortoises that were seized at Ivato International Airport on July 24. The Turtle Survival Alliance is caring for some of the tortoises in the protected gardens of the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership’s headquarters in Antananarivo.   Click here to read more  

Tracking Greater Bamboo Lemurs in Madagascar
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Check out this video of Dr. Louis and our field team tracking one of the world’s most endangered primates, the Greater Bamboo lemur, in Kianjavato Madagascar.    

Cute dancing Tenrec baby!
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The dancing Tenrec of Vatovavy, Madagascar, video by Sophie Malone, a research volunteer with the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership. This video features a cute baby lowland streaked tenrec.    

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