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View of the valley in the mist at Ranomafana. Photo by Sabrina Szeto.

My First Impressions of Madagascar: Interning at Centre ValBio

“Salama!” One of the first words I learned from a friend who learned that I was about to visit her home country, Madagascar. It is a greeting that I’ve used over and over again. My name is Sabrina Szeto. This is my first time in Madagascar, and I am here for a summer internship at Centre ValBio, a conservation organization and research station located in Ranomafana, Fianarantsoa. Over the next few weeks, I will be writing several blogs about my […]

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Lemur in Ranobe, Photo courtesy of Ho Avy

Ranobe: Madagascar’s Forgotten Forest

  About the Mikea Forest Region and Ranobe The Mikea forest region is home to eight species of lemurs – the highest diversity of lemurs of any forest in the Southwest region of Madagascar. However, the southern stretch of Mikea forest, known as P(oint ) K(ilometer) -32 Ranobe (the spring/oasis) has considerably more vertebrate species than either of the Southwest’s National Parks – Mikea and Tsimanampetsotsa – or the special reserve of Beza Mahafaly. Yet, despite its incredible ecological traits, as home to some of […]

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Adventurer Ash Dykes Attempts 1,800 Mile Trek Across Madagascar

At just 24 years old, British explorer Ash Dykes already has plenty of extreme and noteworthy adventures under his belt. He thrives on “challenging and off the beaten track adventures and expeditions” that bring him to the far corners of the world, with extreme tests to his endurance and stamina. His adventures often bring him to the middle of dangerous weather conditions, like sandstorms, harsh winters, and scorching heat in the middle of the driest deserts.   In 2014, Ash walked 1,500 miles across […]

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Innovative Fundraising: Selling Crafts to Benefit Azafady

    Can you tell us about your experiences traveling to Madagascar? I am fortunate enough to have visited Madagascar several times. I fell in love with the country, the animals, and the people the first time I visited, and it captures a bit more of my heart every time I go. I have friends there now who have become family to me. I first visited Madagascar in 2008 with my ex-partner who wanted to go and see the lemurs.  We booked this trip […]

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Fosa largest native carnivore

On the Ground in Madagascar with Asia Murphy

  First, can you describe your background and research focus? As an African-American born and raised in California, I shouldn’t be in this field. I shouldn’t have watched NatGeo wildlife documentaries or gone camping or raised butterflies. Fortunately, I was exposed to the world of wildlife through my dad, who loved animals. But my exposure to wildlife was still limited. I got to college (NC State) and was highly disappointed to realize that studying wildlife wasn’t just following them around […]

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Learning through Lemurs: Lemurpalooza and Lemur Limericks!

Teacher Robin Lee at the Ellis School in Fremont, New Hampshire, USA just finished a whole year of “Learning through Lemurs” with her 6th grade language arts students! The students were inspired by lemurs and Madagascar all school year, reading and writing about conservation, the rainforest, and all of the amazing animals that call Madagascar home. They visited the zoo, made lemur stuffed animals, and integrated conservation words into their vocabulary lessons. Learn more about Robin Lee’s Learning through Lemurs […]

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Upcoming Events

We have three events coming up! We’d love to see you there. Discover Madagascar Festival Saturday, May 30, 10 am to 8 pm Vienna, Virginia Run by RSM DC Happy Hour with the Lemur Conservation Network Wednesday, June 3, 5 pm to 9 pm Vinoteca Wine Bar and Bistro Washington, DC » Learn more and RSVP Happy Hour and Networking at ICCB-ECCB 2015 Conference Monday, August 3, at 8 pm to 9:30 pm UTC+0 Montpelier, France » Learn more and RSVP

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Love Lemurs? Show it (on your shirt)!

Lemurs are the world’s most endangered group of mammals with over 100 unique species, including sifakas, ring-tails, aye-ayes, and indris. Now, you can share your love of Madagascar’s unique lemur species with everyone you see! This unique t-shirt is designed to pique curiosity and start conversations about your favorite animals: lemurs. The T-Shirt Low-Down Priced at just $19 plus shipping, these green t-shirts with white lettering are soft, high quality, and made by American Apparel. Mens style shirts are available in extra-small through […]

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