By Olly, a MBP Kianjavato Volunteer The rainy season proper has now begun. Each night it rains – sometimes lightly in bursts, sometimes lightly all night, sometimes in breathtakingly heavily in bursts, and sometimes breathtakingly heavily all night. This latter combination happened last weekend, with the result that the large river flowing all through this area was engorged to the point of being 10 or 12 foot higher than normal. Thus swollen, it swallowed up … Read More
The greater bamboo lemur is one of the most endangered primates in the whole world. The Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership has a multi-faceted program in Kianjavato, Madagascar, home of the largest known population of this rare lemur species. Check out the greater bamboo lemur portion of this months MBP report! Click here to read about the Greater Bamboo lemur and Kianjavato, Madagascar
New Report from the Kianjavato Ahmanson Field Station (KAFS)! Here’s a snippet about our Rocket Stove project from the January edition for the report. Click here to see the Rocket Stove part of our report. Check back for more of the newest reports!
MBP post-doctoral researcher Dr. Cynthia Frasier was quoted in a Malagasy newspaper, The Times of Madagascar, talking about the need for investigation into the Greater bamboo lemur, Prolemur simus. The species is currently listed on the IUCN Top 25 Most Endangered Primate list. Dr. Frasier and the MBP are leading an ongoing major research program near Kianjavato to monitor the species. Click here to read the article in The Times of Madagascar Follow this link … Read More
MBP truly is an organization of partnerships… In the Malagasy capital of Antananarivo December 11-12, 2010, MBP, Conservation Fusion and the Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) participated in a unique educational event focused on the critically endangered radiated tortoise. Together with Conservation International, this partnership shared a booth at the event to raise awareness of their work in the region by using soccer – a very popular sport in Madagascar. Herilala Randriamahazo, TSA’s Malagasy Tortoise Conservation … Read More
BBC joined Conservation International and the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership on the search for a new lemur species. Click here to watch the BBC video!
A species of fork-marked lemur believed to be new to science was discovered in the dry forests of Madagascar through a collaborative effort between Conservation International and Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership! – See more at: http://www.madagascarpartnership.org/blog/entry/1354171/possible-new-lemur-species-discovered#sthash.MEhZP3LK.dpuf Click here to read the complete press release from CI
Dr. Louis Jr, the MBP director has co-authored another exceptional publication. The just-released third edition of Lemurs of Madagascar, from the Tropical Field Guide series of Conservation International is now available and is a must have for those who wish to explore Madagascar first hand or from the comfort of home! Click here to visit the Conservation International web site and order your copy!
Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo received Top Honors for the Madagascar Biodiversity Program (MBP) in the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ (AZA) 2010 International Conservation Award. The award recognizes exceptional efforts toward regional habitat preservation, species restoration and support of biodiversity in the wild. AZA also announced the Conservation Endowment Fund (CEF) has granted $16,445 to support, “Rocket Stoves and Reforestation: Ensuring the Long-term Survival of Two Critically Endangered Lemur Species in Madagascar.”
At the AZA Annual Conference, September 12-16, in Houston, TX, the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership was named as the 2010 AZA International Conservation Award winner. This highly competitive competition compares a variety of conservation efforts around the world performed by a variety of different zoos and aquariums. The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) names conservation as its highest priority, and recognizes exceptional efforts by AZA Institution, Related Facility, International Facility, or Conservation Partner members toward habitat … Read More
Bamboo lemur photos by Dr. Ed Louis, MBP director, are now on Primate Info Net: http://pin.primate.wisc.edu/factsheets/entry/bamboo_lemur
MBP works to protect numerous Malagasy species, such as the radiated tortoise. As you read the blog post below, you will understand why we want to help… 300 Madagascan tortoises confiscated at Kuala Lumpur Airport Radiated Tortoises formed the bulk of a major seizure of 300 tortoises smuggled into Malaysia © Chris Shepherd / TRAFFIC Radiated, spider and plowshare tortoises seized June 2010. Enforcement agencies discovered 300 tortoises from Madagascar bound and packed … Read More