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

Anticipating the Unexpected
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From Mary, a 2010-11 MBP Prolemur simus monitoring team volunteer   When I first told my friends and family I was embarking on an adventure of a lifetime to follow endangered lemurs in the forests of Madagascar I received a wide array of reactions. Although responses varied, there seemed to be an overall general sentiment that was quite universal: “Mary, you’re just not really the ‘campy’ type, are you sure you can do this?” As … Read More

Interesting tidbits from an MBP volunteer
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From Ryan, a 201-12 MBP Varecia monitoring team volunteer   The part I love most about my job working in Kianjavato is that every day holds the potential to see and experience something totally new and unique that I would never find anywhere else.  Each day as you walk through the jungle, there are always new plants and animals waiting to be seen. Regardless of how bad of a mood I may be in, or … Read More

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

Tracking Greater Bamboo Lemurs in Madagascar
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Check out this video of Dr. Louis and our field team tracking one of the world’s most endangered primates, the Greater Bamboo lemur, in Kianjavato Madagascar.    

The Search for Mange Be
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Blog by MBP volunteers, Sophie and Megan 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 hit an all time low.  What could have happened… predation? Untimely health issues? … Read More

Helping Communities A World Away- North High’s Contribution to the Malagasy Community
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Omaha North High School students, along with their teacher Dr. Lee Kalstrom and Conservation Fusion’s Susie McGuire have dedicated their time to finding a solution for the best fuel source and construction method for Rocket Stoves. To read an article about this inspiring project, check out this great article from Nebraska Loves our Public Schools: http://nelovesps.org/story?TN=PROJECT-20110331025902 And if you haven’t checked out our Rocket Stove page make sure you visit that, too! http://www.madagascarpartnership.org/home/rocket_stoves

Anticipating the Unexpected…
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A blog from MBP Volunteer, Mary   When I first told my friends and family I was embarking on an adventure of a lifetime to follow endangered lemurs in the forests of Madagascar I received a wide array of reactions. Although responses varied, there seemed to be an overall general sentiment that was quite universal: “Mary, you’re just not really the ‘campy’ type, are you sure you can do this?” As I tried to act … Read More

Tales from the field, Madagascar’s frogs!
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Tales from Olly, an MBP Volunteer- Madagascar’s frogs   Despite humans’ best efforts, Madagascar is still full of wildlife. Admittedly less than when people first arrived 2000 years ago, but the country is still thick with it, especially if you look in all the hidden places you don’t expect to find it… Like on top of the tarpaulin I had been using to take the brunt of the rain and protect my delicate tent. Here, … Read More

Tales from the Field: A bridge in Madagascar
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By Olly, a MBP Kianjavato Volunteer The rainy season proper has now begun. Each night it rains – sometimes lightly in bursts, sometimes lightly all night, sometimes in breathtakingly heavily in bursts, and sometimes breathtakingly heavily all night. This latter combination happened last weekend, with the result that the large river flowing all through this area was engorged to the point of being 10 or 12 foot higher than normal. Thus swollen, it swallowed up … Read More

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