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Noting GPS Coordinates of the Sifaka Groups. Photo by Sabrina Szeto.

Tracking Sifakas in Ranomafana National Park

  My first week at Centre ValBio was spent getting acquainted with the trail system which I would later map using a GPS unit. I followed the team studying sifakas which consists of three experienced Malagasy field technicians, George Rene, Raleso and Remi, together with an American intern Katie and a Malagasy masters student Tahiry. We spent the week at trails in Talatakely and Vohiparara at Ranomafana National Park. We would leave at 7.30 AM in the morning with a […]

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Announcing the 2015 World Lemur Festival

Announcing the 2015 World Lemur Festival! Lemur fans worldwide are encouraged to hold events where they live to celebrate their love for lemurs, and spread the important message of conservation! » Check out the event schedule for the 2015 World Lemur Festival The World Lemur Festival will be celebrated in Madagascar from October 29-31, 2015. We encourage Lemur Lovers around the world to celebrate with us—whether it is on those specific days, or in the weeks surrounding them. If you plan to […]

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View of the valley in the mist at Ranomafana. Photo by Sabrina Szeto.

My First Impressions of Madagascar: Interning at Centre ValBio

“Salama!” One of the first words I learned from a friend who learned that I was about to visit her home country, Madagascar. It is a greeting that I’ve used over and over again. My name is Sabrina Szeto. This is my first time in Madagascar, and I am here for a summer internship at Centre ValBio, a conservation organization and research station located in Ranomafana, Fianarantsoa. Over the next few weeks, I will be writing several blogs about my […]

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Ranobe: Madagascar’s Forgotten Forest

  About the Mikea Forest Region and Ranobe The Mikea forest region is home to eight species of lemurs – the highest diversity of lemurs of any forest in the Southwest region of Madagascar. However, the southern stretch of Mikea forest, known as P(oint ) K(ilometer) -32 Ranobe (the spring/oasis) has considerably more vertebrate species than either of the Southwest’s National Parks – Mikea and Tsimanampetsotsa – or the special reserve of Beza Mahafaly. Yet, despite its incredible ecological traits, as home to some of […]

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Adventurer Ash Dykes Attempts 1,800 Mile Trek Across Madagascar

At just 24 years old, British explorer Ash Dykes already has plenty of extreme and noteworthy adventures under his belt. He thrives on “challenging and off the beaten track adventures and expeditions” that bring him to the far corners of the world, with extreme tests to his endurance and stamina. His adventures often bring him to the middle of dangerous weather conditions, like sandstorms, harsh winters, and scorching heat in the middle of the driest deserts.   In 2014, Ash walked 1,500 miles across […]

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Innovative Fundraising: Selling Crafts to Benefit Azafady

    Can you tell us about your experiences traveling in Madagascar? I am fortunate enough to have visited Madagascar several times. I fell in love with the country, the animals, and the people the first time I visited, and it captures a bit more of my heart every time I go. I have friends there now who have become family to me. I first visited Madagascar in 2008 with my ex-partner who wanted to go and see the lemurs.  We booked this trip […]

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On the Ground in Madagascar with Asia Murphy

  First, can you describe your background and research focus? As an African-American born and raised in California, I shouldn’t be in this field. I shouldn’t have watched NatGeo wildlife documentaries or gone camping or raised butterflies. Fortunately, I was exposed to the world of wildlife through my dad, who loved animals. But my exposure to wildlife was still limited. I got to college (NC State) and was highly disappointed to realize that studying wildlife wasn’t just following them around […]

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