Today is National Endangered Species Day and its important to acknowledge all the critically endangered species out there, including the lemurs. Madagascar is considered a biodiversity hotspot and has only about 10% of its original habitat left. Human activity pressures have been the culprit to the loss of 90% of the forests. With this ever-decreasing habitat, Madagascar’s lemur species have become the world’s most threatened group of mammals. #EndangeredSpeciesDay #MBP #Savethelemurs
Blog by MBP Volunteer, Sam It’s crazy to think that I arrived 1 year ago at the beginning of September to start my volunteership with MBP. I was a volunteer for the reforestation project and was just learning the ropes. I originally applied to help on the Simus team (Greater bamboo lemur), but was glad that I changed this decision to gain different skills through reforestation. Before I applied to MBP, I worked in … Read More
The newest addition to the MBP Aye-aye family has a name! It’s Rikarlo! This name comes from a combination of the Aye-aye teams’ names – Richard, Kaway, Richard kely, and Laude. This little guy ws born to Tsinjo in Torotorofotsy. He is about one month old now. Congratulations to Tsinjo on her beautiful baby boy and to the dedication and hard work of the MBP Aye-aye team!
The Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership would like to send out a “Thank You!” to all of our volunteers leaving KAFS over the next few weeks. As Dr. Frasier put it, “It has also been our pleasure to work with you these past few months. We hope that your time at KAFS will help shape your future career and that you keep in touch with the MBP as we always enjoy seeing where our volunteers end up next!” … Read More
A Blog from Dr. Frasier Taxibrousse trips often warrant blog posts. Who can forget being driven by a man who plainly believes himself to be a demi-god? How else can one explain his certainty that the opposing lane of traffic will always be clear on blind curves and therefore at his disposal? Toliar is a two day drive (for the sane) from Antananarivo. We were passing through this city on our way to Lavavolo, an … Read More
Blog from MBP Volunteer, Abby Photo courtesy of Abby Being back in Tana 1 year after arriving is slightly surreal… there’s so much everything I haven’t been able to access easily for so long, i.e. all sorts of foods. With a few days until I fly, I am very much at a halfway point between Kianjavato and home, with Kianjavato not so far (and still getting children scream “SALUT VASAHA” at me wherever … Read More
Blog from Hilary, MBP Reforestation Team I’m going to Madagascar to work on a reforestation and lemur conservation program. Is this really happening!? Following my interview, I had to do everything in my power not to think about the possibility of getting the position before I knew for sure, but after receiving an email offering me the position as a volunteer with the reforestation program, the floodgates were open. Sorting through the thoughts racing … Read More
Blog from MBP Reforestation Volunteer, Tessa Lalas, one of MBP’s core nursery team, cut off a piece of Voapaka root as we entered the primary forest of Vatovavy. It was a fairly narrow piece of root, no thicker than a pencil, and he asked me if I wanted a bite. “It makes you strong!” echoed Nivo and Andre, two other core nursery team members. Lalas laughed, and I figured extra strength could only help … Read More
If you are coming to visit the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, I highly recommend visiting the Madagascar Exhibit in the morning. We recently went down there to see the baby fossas and their mother. They were so playful and energetic. We were able to catch some of their climbing and acrobatic moves on video. Enjoy!
Blog by MBP Volunteer, Nina On one of our taxi brousse-rides back to KAFS from Mananjary (a coastal town about 2 hours from KAFS) early in March, Sara and I had some very unusual company for a good 45-minute stretch of the trip. The trip began as it usually does with the driver that we have befriended and always take because he used to work with one of MBP’s drivers. It’s a nice situation because … Read More
Here’s a blog post on the groups of women that work with MBP. I figured this would be good timing for International Women’s Day on March 8th which, of course, the Ambalahosy women are preparing a celebration for and even Dadalioka is excited about. – MBP Volunteer, Nina Vehivavy Vonona & the Women’s Teams In recognition of International Women’s Day on March 8th, I’d like to bring into the spotlight the awesome women … Read More