Current Students

Field Station: Kianjavato

Yvan

Yvan

PhD Candidate
University of Antananarivo

Bamboo and litchis propagation and impact of the basket making in Kianjavato, Madagascar.
This project establishes bamboo stands where people can sustainably harvest for their construction and artisanal needs (basket-making), reducing pressure on bamboo patches in the forest upon which greater bamboo lemurs rely.

Daniel

Daniel

PhD Candidate
University of Antananarivo

Kianjavato, in southeastern Madagascar, is classified as one of the 30 priority sites for primate conservation. Kianjavato is also a key area for lemur conservation and is a part of the Corridor Fandriana-Vohidrozo (CoFaV). We are using mycorrhiza to improve restoration success of forest species in the Kianjavato forest.

Faranky

Faranky

PhD Candidate
University of Antananarivo

The aye-aye is a solitary nocturnal lemur identified as one of the top 25 most endangered primates in the world. We are studying the social interaction of mother-baby and between adult individuals of this cryptic species to understand his social life and to be able to develop appropriate conservation efforts.

Ando

Ando

PhD Candidate
University of Mahajanga

Building a sustainable future for the Critically Endangered Greater Bamboo Lemur (Prolemur simus) in Kianjavato, Madagascar.
This research project examines how to build a sustainable future for greater bamboo lemurs living in Vatovavy forest, Kianjavato, Madagascar. To achieve our goals, we habituated first the species, then recorded their behaviors particularly their feeding behavior, the nutritional value of the plants they consumed, and their habitat structure.

Field Station: Lavavolo

Andrée

Nambinina

PhD Candidate
University of Toliara

Population, ecological requirements and local extinction risk of radiated tortoises in Southwest Madagascar.
Our aim is to determine the population density in the three habitats (dry forest on sandy soil, dry forest on ferruginous soil, calcaerous plateau) of the radiated tortoise and to know the diet and behavior of the species in the natural population. We also identified pressures and threats, as well as their effects on the radiated tortoise population.

Sylvain

Sylvain

PhD Candidate
University of Toliara

Using the ring-tailed lemur population in the Mahafaly Plateau as a tool for the safeguard of the remaining population in their natural habitats and the
biodiversity of the region.

This study identifies the ring-tailed lemur population, their adaptive
lifestyles subject to the influence of various ecological factors, and
the pressures and threats caused by humans by highlighting the population dynamics of the species in a sub-arid bioclimate.

Field Station: Torotorofotsy

Jeannin Nicolas

Jeannin Nicolas

PhD Candidate
University of Mahajanga

Aye-ayes are a top 25 endangered primate that have had limited behavioral research conducted on them. This is largely due to their nocturnal and cryptic nature, making them difficult to study. This research will create a baseline for understanding the ecological requirements of an adult female when she is rearing an infant. Additionally, it will elucidate information on the behavioral development of wild aye-aye young and estimate the interbirth interval of aye-ayes, which can be compared against aye-ayes from other forests. All of this information is critical for guiding conservation initiatives of the species.

Field Station: Montagne des Français

Aubin

Aubin

PhD Candidate
University of Mahajanga

Dynamic study of the forest species and effects of the composting in the reforestation program at Montagne des Français
The object of this work is to improve the reforestation program in Montages des Français and increase the quality of the compost to grow the seedlings in the nursery. This will help the survival of the trees planted in the different forest fragments we are restoring.

Possible new lemur species discovered!

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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

MBP’s Director has a new publication available!

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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 Zoo formally announces the award winning Madagascar Biodiversity Project

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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.”

MBP wins the AZA International Conservation Award

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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

The Plight of Malagasy Tortoises

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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

Conservation Research Training

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On July 4th 2010, 18 Malagasy Animal Biology graduate students and their professors from the University of Antananarivo embarked upon a unique journey. The destination was to Kianjavato, a small community on the Madagascar’s southeastern coast, to participate in an once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity.   The group drove 13 hours south from the island’s central plateau to reach the humid rainforests that surround Kianjavato to attend a week-long conservation research training program. This new program, facilitated … Read More

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