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Importance of Eco-tourism in Madagascar

Eco-tourism and its importance Eco-tourism is tourism that is directed towards natural and exotic environments with the intention to support conservation efforts and the protection of wildlife. With the intention of giving a share of the monetary benefits to local communities and providing the visitor with a nature-based experience, eco-resorts are incredibly beneficial and important. According to WorldWide Ecolodges on their definition of the importance of eco lodges, they say that “many countries and regions have embarked on creating certifiable […]

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Mountain gorilla. Photo by Russell A. Mittermeier

63% of primates species are endangered

Primates are facing extinction. 63% of the world’s primate species are currently threatened with extinction based on a study published in Science Advances, led by Alejandro Estrada and Paul Garber and co-authoring, one of the founders of the Lemur Conservation Network, Conservation International Executive Vice Chair and Chair of the *IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group, Russ Mittemeier and Senior Research Scientist of Conservation International and Deputy-Chair of the *IUCN/SSC Primate Specialist Group, Anthony Rylands. *The UICN/SSC Primate Specialist Group was created […]

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World Lemur Festival 2016- What happened?

2016 was a good year for lemurs. Why? Because many people cared for their conservation and for maintaining them happy and healthy in beautiful Madagascar. The World Lemur Festival is a series of activities happening throughout the globe in October with the aim to raise awareness for lemur conservation, to celebrate these unique animals and Madagascar and to show people the importance in protecting lemurs and their habitats. 2016 was the third year this festival was celebrated and it had […]

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Conservation Fusion Partners with Schools in Kianjavato

In September, I visited the small town of Kianjavato in eastern Madagascar to meet with LCN members Conservation Fusion and Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership to learn about their work first hand. Both Conservation Fusion and MBP work closely with the villages in this area to build a strong foundation for continued conservation of the eleven lemur species in the nearby forests. Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership has worked in this region since 2009, and Conservation Fusion began their education programming here in 2010 to help teach the local children about […]

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Reforestation in Kianjavato: MBP’s Conservation Successes

I visited Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership‘s (MBP) field station in Kianjavato last year to learn about their reforestation and conservation efforts in this region. Kianjavato is located about 1 ½ hours east of Ranomafana, and is home to at least 14,000 people and a dozen villages. The forest fragments surrounding Kianjavato are home to nine lemur species including the aye-aye, black and white ruffed lemur, and the greater bamboo lemur. Reforestation to Connect the Forests of Kianjavato and Vatovavy MBP established […]

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Two new studies indicate that ring-tailed lemurs are threatened with extinction in the wild

The mission of LCN member organizations working with ring-tailed lemurs has never been more urgent, following the publication of two independent studies estimating that there are only 2,000 – 2,400 ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) left in the wild. This is a 95% decrease from the year 2000, when the last known population estimate was published. Ring-tailed lemurs are currently listed as Endangered on the IUCN Red List. The two studies, one in Primate Conservation and the other in Folia Primatologica, […]

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