About the Département de Paléontologie et d`Anthropologie Biologique
The Département de Paléontologie et d`Anthropologie Biologique (DPAB) houses the unique, primatology laboratory at the University of Madagascar which contains both lemuroid subfossils and holotypes of living lemurs.
DPAB’s main objectives are to:
- provide training programs about primates,
- undertake research endeavors, and
- promote conservation efforts.
The academics and technicians associated with this program partner with institutions at the national and international level including with non-profits, community associations, and government entities.
DPAB is key to improving the abilities of Malagasy university students and helping them become leaders in the field of conservation. This is important as conservation does not just stop with protecting lemurs, but needs to encompass education, awareness raising, and helping local communities take ownership of — and actively engage with — conservation programming.
As a result of DPAB, students and alumni now work in many different agencies and institutions within the country. Looking forward, DPAB aims to continue working towards programming that supports and promotes the work of researchers and conservationists in Madagascar in a sustainable way.