One Year Later…
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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

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

The Taxi-Brousse Chorus
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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

Life in Madagascar…
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Blog from MBP Volunteer, Jack Anyone flying into Madagascar for the first time can expect to feel more than a little nervous. The excitement of planning your trip to the jungle and see the unique wildlife and endearing lemurs will by then have subsided only to be replaced by a sense of trepidation. What is this barren moonscape the plane is flying over? Not a single lemur or chameleon waving to greet me from its … 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

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!  

KAFS Alphabet
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By Liz – a 2011-12 MBP Varecia monitoring team volunteer   I just completed nine months of volunteer work on the Varecia project and I really like to make lists, so here is a list of what I like about KAFS (in alphabetical order):   Aye-aye!  Just a couple of weeks after arriving in Madagascar, the dart team captured the second aye-aye in the area. I was really hoping I would get to see an aye-aye … 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

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

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