Madagascar Drone Missions
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The MBP have plans to use drone technologies to make observations of the Malagasy landscape. Attached above is a link for the video and article that shows a test flight that was conducted by the team from Conservation Drones.org. Check it out!   http://motherboard.vice.com/read/drones-are-sniffing-out-illegal-logging-in-madagascar#sthash.ssCEnpWV.dpuf   Madagascar Team Leader and Drone operator: Zuzana Burivalova (PhD candidate) Applied Ecology & Conservation Lab, ETH Zurich   With support from: Dr Martin Bauert, ZOO Zurich Wildlife Conservation Society Madagascar Madagascar National Parks … Read More

Litchi Season is Here
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Blog from MBP Volunteer, Nina Miasa mafy vao mikaly nama! Translation: Those who work hard will be fed, my friend!   Litchi baskets stacked and ready to be filled next to the Ambolotara fokontany sign.   A tree behind Ambolotara with many bright red, litchi masaka.   Litchi season is in full swing, and no better time to see this popular Malagasy song’s phrase in action. The first signs of litchi season come even weeks … Read More

Adventures & Renovations in Madagascar
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Blog from MBP Volunteer, Sara After a wonderful Christmas spent on the west coast of Madagascar, we volunteers have once more returned to KAFS and to our work with the lemurs! I am, as always, so happy to see our furry friends again as well as our Malagasy friends and co-workers. Everyone seemed to have enjoyed their vacation. I’ve been told that the P.Simus team have had another new baby over Christmas, which is really … Read More

MBP’s Tree Nurseries
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For MBP to reach its lofty goal of planting a million trees in the Kianjavato landscape, we’ve been ramping up our activities in a number of important ways. MBP and the Kianjavato community designated numerous sites for the tree satellite nurseries. MBP also hired local residents to assist with the project, such as participating the lemur monitoring program and also collect seed-ladened lemur fecal samples. Not only do these samples provide the source material for … Read More

2012 Great Plains Summer Field Day
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Representatives from MBP-OHDZA attended the recent 2012 Great Plains Summer Field Day, hosted by Oak Prairie Nursery and Estates, just outside of Lincoln, Nebraska. The event brought together people with a knack for growing plants, including botanists and arborists, as well as nursery and landscape professionals. Papio Valley Nursery Inc was gracious in sponsoring the MBP-OHDZA to enable us share stories and ideas about our reforestation program in Madagascar. Key attractions at the MBP-OHDZA booth … Read More

Greater bamboo lemurs playing!
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Here’s a video of some young Greater Bamboo Lemurs playing in the forests near Kianjavato, Madagascar. Video by Sarah, an MBP volunteer. Great Job!  

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

Madagascar National Marine Day
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May 22, 2012 is recognized as Madagascar National Marine Day, festivities for which coincided with this year’s International Day for Biological Diversity designed to raise awareness and inspire practical action. Here’s a photo of the poster highlighting the activities of the day. MBP is noted among the list of contributors to this important event.     Learn more about the International Day for Biological Diversity by clicking here.  

Rocket Stove Workshop
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Mindy and the crew from the Genetics department at the Henry Doorly Zoo have put together a short video explaining how to make a rocket stove like the ones they are teaching the Malagasy people to make. It’s a great idea for anyone interested in a cleaner way to cook in the great outdoors!    

Building a Well for a Nursery
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  In order to be sustainable, MBP digs a well for every nursery built, near each community to provide water during the dry season. The building of these wells are all hand dug. There is no electrical power or cranes used, only man power! Here you see the men putting in concrete cylinders for the sides of the well, so that it does not collapse.    

Camp Life at KAFS
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Blog from 2011-2012 MBP Varecia Volunteer, Ryan Hello all!  I’m Ryan, one of the newest volunteers to take over for Mary and Sophie on the Varecia project. As I was packing and preparing for my time in Madagascar, I made sure I checked out the website to try and figure out what I had gotten myself into. While I enjoyed reading the blogs about frogs and chasing lemurs written by the previous set of volunteers, … 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

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