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Welcome our 2020 Science Communication and Education Volunteers!

We are excited to welcome a new group of science communication and education volunteers to the Lemur Conservation Network! These volunteers come to us from Madagascar, France, the United Kingdom, Germany, and across the United States. We are so happy to unite this talented group of passionate conservationists to work together to make an impact for lemur conservation.

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Guidelines for Reducing the Risk of Lemur Exposure to COVID-19 at Ecotourism and Research Sites in Madagascar

The World Health Organization has declared a global public health emergency in response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic and there is now evidence of infection with the virus causing COVID-19 in Madagascar.1 As we prepare for this public health emergency, we must also recognize the potential threat of this pandemic to Madagascar’s lemurs. Wild chimpanzees have experienced respiratory outbreaks following infection by human coronaviruses2 and it is highly probable that chimpanzees and other non-human primates, such as lemurs, are similarly susceptible […]

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Primatologist Naina Rabemananjara explains field methods for following lemurs in the Tsinjoarivo Forest.

ExplorerHome Builds Enthusiasm for STEM Fields in Madagascar

What is ExplorerHome Madagascar? ExplorerHome aims to:  Inspire young people with scientific curiosity and interest in STEM fields; Inform the public about scientific research in Madagascar; and Provide educational and recreational activities for students that help them learn STEM skills while having fun.  The Beginning of ExplorerHome When Dr. Tsiory Andrianavalona and Dr. Ramihangihajason Tolotra Niaina were in their third year of university for paleontology, they knew they wanted to make science easier for all to understand and appreciate. They […]

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View of bridge to camp from hiking in the forest. Photo: Lynne Venart

Visiting Anjozorobe Forest to See Wild Lemurs Near Antananarivo

If you have a few extra days near Antananarivo, consider visiting the Anjozorobe Protected Area, just 2 1/2 hours away by car. The Anjozorobe forest is home to 82 species of birds and 11 species of lemur. The lemur species here are similar to those found in Andasibe-Mantadia, but the indri is darker in coloring. And, the trails are much less crowded than those at Andasibe! About Saha Forest Camp In October 2019, I spent three days and two nights […]

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Indris spotted in Anjanaharibe Sud Special Reserve. Photo: Lynne Venart.

Hiking and Camping in Anjanaharibe Sud Special Reserve

A Northeastern Rainforest Reserve Rarely Visited by Tourists Anjanaharibe Sud Special Reserve (ASSR) is rarely visited by tourists. In fact, when I asked my guide Jackson how many tourists he thinks had visited ASSR that year, he said, “Not many tourists. Just you.” I was excited to see ASSR in person, after learning about it from Dr. Erik Patel when we discussed his work in the reserve with the Lemur Conservation Foundation. But why is it so rarely visited? The […]

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Desiré Rabary shows us his tree nursery in Antanetiambo Reserve. Photo: Lynne Venart.

Local Reserves in SAVA: Visiting Desiré Rabary’s Antanetiambo Reserve

After hiking in Marojejy National Park to see silky sifakas in the beautiful mountain rainforest, we spent a couple of days relaxing near the beach in Sambava. Then, we head out of the city for the second multi-day hike of the trip: four days in Anjanaharibe Sud Special Reserve (ASSR) with Jackson as my guide. But first, I wanted to see the locally managed Antanetiambo Reserve on the way. We stayed in the town of Andapa that night in order to […]

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Chaz Powell along the Gambia River. Photo credit: Tim Roberts.

River Explorer Chaz Powell Begins 800km Madagascar Trek

Can you tell us about your past adventures? CP: I have over 15 years of remote travel and expedition experience and have completed many different long distance treks all over the world. Over the last 3 years I’ve undertook and focused on my biggest challenge to date called ‘The Wildest Journey’. This was my mission to walk the length of Africa’s wildest rivers from source to sea in the battle against wildlife crime. In 2016-17, I walked for 3000 km […]

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Silky sifaka photo captured by a camera trap courtesy of Lemur Conservation Foundation and Patrick Ross.

On the Ground in Madagascar with Patrick Ross

Tell us about your background in lemur research. I am a senior undergraduate student in Sustainable Development from Appalachian State University, graduating in December 2019. I first got interested in conserving Madagascar’s rainforests through working on breaks from school at the Duke Lemur Center. You recently returned from Anjanaharibe Sud Special Reserve in northeast Madagascar. Can you tell us more about this reserve? Anjanaharibe Sud Special Reserve is an incredible place. It is lush, with life booming all around. Thought […]

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