My name is Julianne and I’m from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States. I fell in love with lemurs and primatology as an Education Intern at the Philadelphia Zoo. After my internship, I switched my major to Anthropology and started looking into field schools in Madagascar. Less than a year later, I took my first trip to Madagascar where I studied diademed sifakas in Tsinjoarivo. I met so many amazing people whose work really inspired me to … Read More
You may have heard of a circular economy, now let us introduce our concept of circular conservation. In 2021, we inaugurated three new interconnected programs at the Ihofa Vohitsara Bioreserve and Field Station near Torotorofotsy, Madagascar, that reinforce forest integrity. This area has dark green expanses of intact evergreen forest abutting mining concessions, tourist venues, villages, and agriculture. All this human activity sometimes spills over its legal boundaries, reducing habitat availability and increasing bushmeat pressure. … Read More
Sometimes weathering the storm is not good enough; learning to thrive despite the storm is necessary for many people living in Madagascar. As one of the world’s poorest nations, surmounting obstacles is a regular aspect of daily living. Covid-19 exacerbated the situation, but the underlying challenges have deep roots that long preceded the arrival of the global pandemic. After working with communities for more than 10 years, we have come to revere the steadfast commitment … Read More
Over the past ten years we have seen the installation of numerous tent sites, an elevated walkway, two tree nurseries capable of housing 60,000 seedlings, composting bins, an open air dining hall and kitchen, a number of storage facilities, showers, toilets, two wells, multiple rainwater collection systems, a laundry station, and a parking area.