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

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

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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