Kicking Ashes with Reforestation
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In Madagascar, the ‘human/wildlife conflict’ is one that is oh-so-relevant and not something we can ignore. After a young orphan was caught burning newly planted forest in Kianjavato, the teams were faced with the aftermath and how to handle the situation.

Adult Coloring Cards AVAILABLE !
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  Check out these awesome greeting cards designed and produced by one of our very own, Missy Hawkins! By purchasing these cards you are helping to support Malagasy lemurs as proceeds will be donated to a Malagasy NGO studying the biodiversity and biogeography of lemurs.   Click here for more information!!

Laps for Lemurs
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Blog by MBP Volunteer, Katherine   Since arriving in Madagascar, many teachers and friends have reached out to me to speak to their students about conservation, lemurs, and endangered species protection. I’ve received countless emails with questions about MBP’s work here in Madagascar and my role as a volunteer research assistant. It’s wonderful to see teachers and students excited about issues; as all conservationists know, spreading awareness and educating the public is critical for any … Read More

The Ultimate Rain Experience
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Blog by MBP Reforestation Volunteer, Jarro   Should you ever be tired of the usual dull drizzles we call rain back home – that is to say on European soil for my part – do consider taking a look at the singular pretty large landmass off the south-east coast of Africa. Separated from the mainland through the Mozambique Channel, Madagascar’s central highlands take their job as a cloud-barrier seriously leaving the western parts of the … 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

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?!?        

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

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