Welcome David!
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We are excited to introduce one of our newest volunteers, David! He will be joining the Varecia Monitoring team at the end of September. We are thrilled to have him join our team in Madagascar! Intro Bio: “Hi, I’m Dave from Southampton in the UK. I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2010 with a BSc in Zoology. After graduating I left the UK to train as a safari guide in South Africa where … Read More

Varecia Baby Season
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Blog by MBP Volunteer, Colleen Photos courtesy of Katherine It is Varecia baby season here at KAFS. I was lucky enough to witness mating season back in July and now am delighted to see the results. In October we began to see the females nesting and tiny Varecia slowly emerged. There are four collared females in Sangasanga with 1 baby each. In addition, we have seen 1 non-collared female with 1 baby and another with … Read More

Eating like a Ruffed lemur
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Blog by MBP Volunteer, Annie Strange and delightful fruits abound in southeastern Madagascar, and it’s no wonder the Varecia eat mostly fruits, even if they are not always the same ones as people eat! I recently went a little crazy at the fruit market in Mananjary, and took a picture of all my “Voandalo” (“Fruits of the Road”), as it is called when you bring back gifts after traveling. When I first arrived the pocanel … Read More

Raining Voapaka Seeds
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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

A Few Amazing Creatures
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By Sophie and Megan, 2010-11 MBP Varecia monitoring team   A few amazing creatures snapped at Vatovavy by Sophie & Megan Beetle found whilst exploring the other side of Vatovavy Cute baby Highland Streaked Tenrec Cricket as big as my fist, monstrous! Caterpillar with the night’s sky on its back The star of the show, it is of course Varecia varigata  

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

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

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