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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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On the Ground in Madagascar with Eleanor Stalenberg

  When did you first get interested in working with lemurs and conservation and what motivated you to undertake this work? I have always loved wildlife and found solace in the natural world. Growing up just outside of Sydney, Australia, I was surrounded by the iconic Australian bushland from a very young age. My mother cared for native wildlife that had been injured, like wombats, wallabies and turtles so that they could be released into the wild again. I developed […]

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On the Ground in Madagascar with Meredith Gore

  When did you first get interested in working with in Madagascar and what motivated you to undertake this work? I have been teaching and conducting research in Madagascar since 2008. I was originally offered the chance to take over the Madagascar study abroad program for Michigan State University (MSU) when I first arrived at the university and jumped at the chance. Also, in graduate school at Cornell, I had three very good friends who did Peace Corps in Madagascar and […]

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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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On the Ground in Madagascar with Melanie Seiler

When did you first get interested in working with lemurs and conservation and what motivated you to undertake this work? Working with animals, understanding their behavior, and conserving their natural habitat has been on my mind since I was a child – I always had lots of different pets, and my parents loved to watch various nature documentaries with me. It was always clear to me that I had to study biology, and that’s what I did. About 10 years ago, […]

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Haley and the tsingy landscape of the Ankarana National Park.

On the Ground in Madagascar with Haley Randell

  I’m a certified redhead from suburban Connecticut with parents from meat-and-potatoes, small-town Ohio. There was no way I could have ever known what to expect from my journey as a researcher working in Madagascar. Although it’s been almost two years since I started – and ended – my adventure in Madagascar, people still ask me what it was like…and I still don’t know how to answer. It was breathtaking, depressing, difficult, inspiring, and lonely; the emotional roller coaster was pretty all-encompassing. On […]

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The Kratts and Jovian in Animal Junction. Photo courtesy of the Duke Lemur Center.

Getting to Know Zoboomafoo

  If, like me, you grew up with the irresistibly upbeat theme song of Zoboomafoo, then you probably remember the Kratt Brothers’ infectious energy, the famous overstuffed closet, and of course, the fuzziness and wide eyes of Zoboomafoo the lemur. Before I get any farther, you should know that Jovian, the lovable lemur who played Zoboo on the show, died on November 10, 2014. It was a tragic day for all who watched Zoboomafoo as children, and I apologize if […]

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Leading Conservation: A Chat with Jeff Gibbs, Part 2

Last time we discussed your great victory with the campaign in the Amazon. If you were to do a similar campaign today, do you think you’d need to change your approach, especially with the advent of social media and today’s 24-hour news cycle? JG: What I didn’t mention before is that the issue didn’t go away really. It disappeared for years, and then all of the campaigners and organizations that had come together for that went on to other things, and it […]

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