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A mother ring-tail nursing her two babies at Anja Reserve. Photo by Lynne Venart.

Hiking with Ring-Tailed Lemurs at Anja Reserve

After spending several days in Ranomafana and then Kianjavato, we head back west past Ranomafana National Park and then south to Ambalavao, a small city an hour south of Fianarantsoa (Madagacar’s second largest city) and just 7 kilometers north of Anja Reserve. The Anja Reserve is a popular tourist stop on the RN7, and is viewed by many as Madgascar’s most successful community reserve. At lunch, my driver Zina introduces me to Adrian, who will be my guide for my […]

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Black and white ruffed lemurs in Ranomafana National Park. Photo by Lynne Venart.

Spotting Sifakas and Ruffeds with Théo in Ranomafana

While visiting Ranomafana National Park, I stayed at Centre ValBio so I could get a first hand look at the Center, learn about their work, and chat with the staff. Stay tuned to the LCN blog for an interview with Pascal Robeson, Centre ValBio’s Madagascar Country Director, and a post about CVB’s truly inspiring work. During my hikes in the park, Pascal arranged for me to have Théo as a guide. Théo is the favorite guide for everyone at CVB. […]

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2016 World Lemur Festival Events Calendar

The World Lemur Festival is for everyone—lemur fans and conservation leaders, scientists and artists, teachers and students, kids and parents, and YOU!  If there isn’t an event in your area, check out this blog post for ideas on how you can celebrate wherever you live! Learn more about the 2016 World Lemur Festival. Hosting an event?  Email your event details to LCN Web Specialist Lynne Venart at lynnevenart.lemurnetwork@gmail.com or submit via our contact form. You are welcome to use the official World Lemur Festival and World Lemur […]

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Announcing the 2016 World Lemur Festival

The 3rd Annual World Lemur Festival will be celebrated in Madagascar and around the world from October 28-29, 2016. With over 90% of lemur species facing extinction, the time to act is now. Let’s stand together as one voice this October for the World Lemur Festival, and tell the world how important and amazing lemurs and Madagascar are. The World Lemur Festival is for everyone—lemur fans and conservation leaders, scientists and artists, teachers and students, kids and parents, and YOU!  We encourage lemur fans around the world to […]

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There is an aye aye nest somewhere in the vicinity of this tree.

In Search of Aye-Ayes with the Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership

The small town of Kianjavato is located about 1 1/2 hours east of Ranomafana National Park on the RN 25. This is where LCN member Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership has one of their four main field sites, and where their partner Conservation Fusion plays the important role of teaching and inspiring local children to conserve their unique land. I visited this field site for one day and night to see their work first-hand, visit the lemurs in the nearby forests, and meet with two of the […]

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Small villages dot rice field landscapes as you drive south from Antananarivo through the rolling hills of Madagascar's Highlands. Photo by Lynne Venart.

Traveling South to the City of Antsirabe

Like most visitors to Madagascar, I began my travels in the capital of Antananarivo. My time for this trip was limited, so I headed out of Tana the following morning en route to Madagascar’s third largest city: Antsirabe. The Road to Antsirabe Antsirabe is about a 3 1/2 hour drive down the RN 7 from Antananarivo, passing by barren hills, rice fields, picturesque small villages, and roadside towns with local Malagasy out and about — shopping on market day, playing baby foot […]

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Crowned lemur at NaturZoo Rhein

Among Lemurs in European Zoos

We Protect What We Love Here in Germany and other European zoos, you will often be able to get very close to lemurs. Open, walk-through exhibits allow you to watch different lemur species sitting in the sun together, foraging for food in the grass, or climbing around in the trees. In a walk-through enclosure like this, you may also suddenly find one of them sitting next to you! The Animal Park Olderdissen has a motto that explains this approach very well. […]

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Silky Sifaka mother and child. Photo by Jeffrey Gibbs.

A Look at Lemur Conservation Foundation’s Work in Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve

In a recent post, we chatted with Zoological Manager Caitlin Kenney about the Lemur Conservation Foundation’s work in the United States at their lemur reserve in Florida. Today, we talk with Dr. Erik Patel, LCF’s Conservation Program Director, about LCF’s work protecting the Anjanaharibe-Sud Special Reserve (ASSR) in the SAVA region of northeastern Madagascar. We’ll be discussing what makes ASSR unique, why it needs to be protected, and the Lemur Conservation Foundation’s work in this region. About the success of […]

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