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Helena Azafady holdin a boa!

Volunteering with Azafady

Before going away to Madagascar, the longest I had been away from my family was two weeks. I lived the typical western lifestyle. My phone never left my side; everything I needed could be downloaded or ordered in just a few clicks; I binge-watched TV; and my biggest worry was that pesky spot on my chin. Looking back on it, something in me must have been crying out for adventure and change, otherwise why had I done it? Why had […]

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On the Ground in Madagascar with Alison Clausen, Country Director for WCS

When did you first get interested in working with lemurs and conservation, and what motivated you to undertake this work? I first visited Madagascar in 2003 and immediately fell in love with the country and its wildlife, including, of course, the lemurs. One of my strongest memories from that first trip is waking up to the eerie howling of the Indri indri in Andasibe Special Reserve. It’s a sound that still gives me goose bumps! It’s amazing to hear that and […]

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Aramis, the black and white ruffed lemur at Howletts Wild Animal Park

Zookeeper’s Notebook: Getting Started as a Volunteer Lemur Keeper

I have spent an abnormal amount of time watching and listening to Youtube videos of lemurs and other primates. Where else can you hear an indri sing on demand? However, the site has a startling lack of black lemur videos, along with their unique and amusing grunts. It’s kind of pig-like but more nasal. So, one sunny Saturday in May last year I set off solo to Howletts Wild Animal Park. Rather than being a ‘zoo’ it has always handled […]

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On the Ground in Madagascar with Kim Reuter

The capture of live lemurs was so under-quantified I could only find one paper that had explicitly studied it…given that lemurs are considered one of the most endangered vertebrates in the world and that we spend millions of dollars a year protecting them, I felt it was important to figure out some of these details regarding this threat. Whenever people ask me why I originally started working in Madagascar, I don’t usually have a good answer except to say that I […]

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Volunteering with Madagascar Biodiversity Partnership

  My interest in working with lemurs has only recently been in development over the past year, but my love for wildlife and nature has been lifelong. It was early in 2014 that I was on the hunt for a conservation-related volunteer experience abroad. Madagascar had always been on my bucketlist of countries to visit-the abundance of unique species that can be found no where else in this world is like no other. So naturally I jumped at the chance […]

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Launch Party: March 19 in Washington, DC

Join us on March 19th for our launch party at Right Proper Brewing Company! Bring your friends and mingle with other supporters of conservation and development work in Madagascar while enjoying live music and $1 off in-house beers. All guests get one free raffle ticket, and we have a ton of great prizes (buy more tickets to up your chances!). It’s free to attend, and you’ll get to meet a ton people doing work with lemurs and Madagascar. We want […]

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Welcome to the Lemur Conservation Network!

The truth is, we need everyone’s help to save lemurs from extinction. Today, we launch the Lemur Conservation Network, and we call on lemur fans worldwide to join us in our fight to save lemurs from extinction. Last February, the IUCN SSC Primate Specialist Group of Madagascar publicized Lemurs of Madagascar: A Strategy for their Conservation 2013–2016 in the journal Science. One year later, we launch this Network to help implement this lemur action plan with help from you—our community of lemur lovers and friends of animals and the […]

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