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Leading Conservation: A Chat with Daniella Rabino

How Daniella Started PLAY Where does education come in? Daniella Rabino, project founder of PLAY, Protecting Life through Active Youth, first asked this question during a study abroad trip to Madagascar during undergrad. Having already taken a course on Madagascar conservation and in the midst of her elementary education program, Daniella found herself wondering about the intersections of conservation and education. In 2011, Daniella received a Rotary scholarship to study International Education and Development at the University of Sussex under the […]

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Ihsane Lahlou of the Dahari organization.

Member update from Dahari

Studying lemurs in the Comoros with the NGO Dahari I am Ihsane Lahlou a researcher in ecology and conservation. I started my career in France and Togo before joining the team of the Comorian NGO Dahari in 2014 to work on conservation programs, particularly on the Livingstone fruit bat. At Dahari, we are currently working on a participatory conservation program of this fruit bat and we also ensure the annual monitoring of the species. In parallel, we are working on […]

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Lisa with her research team in 2013.

On the Ground in Madagascar with Lisa Gould

When did you first get interested in working in Madagascar and what motivated you to undertake this work? I began studying ring-tailed lemurs (Lemur catta) in 1987, after a trip to Madagascar in 1984. Hardly anyone was studying lemurs at that time, because Madagascar had been closed to foreign researchers in the 1970s and early 80s. Lemurs have always been completely fascinating to me. What projects are you currently working on that relate to lemurs or environmental conservation? Most recently, I and […]

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Coquerel's sifakas in Madagascar. Photo by Travis Steffens.

Zoboomafoo’s Sifaka Cousins in Madagascar

In Madagascar, sunlight filters gently through the leaves of baobab trees and wild vanilla, creating a dappled pattern of light on the forest floor. Bugs crawl among the roots and fallen leaves, exotic birds sing, and overhead, calls of “shif-auk!” bounce between the trees. High above the ground, a family of coquerel’s sifaka lives peacefully. They groom one another, browse for leaves, bark, flowers, and fruit, and softly “talk” to each other during the day, and sleep upright in the […]

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On the Ground in Madagascar with Valerie Torti

When did you first get interested in working with lemurs and conservation and what motivated you to undertake this work? After I started my studies in biology, I always assumed that I would eventually go to Africa and work on wildlife conservation, especially with primates. As it turns out, I ended up at the Ethology Lab at the University of Torino (Italy) where my interest for primates dramatically increased and improved, thanks to a bachelor’s thesis that involved vocal tract modeling in […]

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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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Sylviane Taking a pirogue to reach the study site

On the Ground in Madagascar with Sylviane Volampeno

When did you first get interested in working with lemurs and conservation and what motivated you to undertake this work? I was an undergraduate student at the University of Antananarivo when I first saw lemurs in the wild during a field trip to the Analamazaotra Special Reserve. During this trip, I learned that lemurs, which are endemic to Madagascar, play an important role in forest regeneration and in ecosystem preservation. Given the beauty and ecological importance of lemurs, I became motivated to […]

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Aprily & Kintana 2015

Zookeeper’s Notebook: Spotlight on Black Lemurs

A surprise addition – black lemurs Say it quietly, but there may be a type of lemur that loves the sun even more than ring-tails and ruffed lemurs. They are loud, brash, territorial and at times a real pain to work with—black lemurs. Since late March I have been lucky and amused to be volunteering alongside Eulemur macaco, the troublemakers of the Howletts walk-through. Like our crowned lemurs they are a family of four but with an extremely different dynamic. The […]

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