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Centre ValBio Interns Venture to Kianjavato to See Singer Khelen in Concert

  A Weekend Adventure to See One of Mada’s Top Singers A few of the volunteers and researchers at Centre ValBio took a weekend trip to Kianjavato to see Khelen in concert. Khelen is one of the most popular singers in Madagascar at the moment and… she happened to be hosted by Aina, a friend of one of the researchers. As luck would have it, we could also stay at the same house as Khelen and entourage were going to leave the […]

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Ash Dykes Reaches Mid-Way Point of Madagascar Expedition

I caught up with Ash Dykes recently to celebrate his amazing feat of reaching the mid-way point of his Madagascar expedition. He’s trekked 800 miles from the southern most tip of Madagascar to the capital city of Antananarivo in the Central Highlands. The first 800 miles have been quite the challenge. He has survived the deadliest strain of malaria, visited three organizations from the Lemur Conservation Network, summitted five of Madagascar’s highest peaks, and had a ton of crazy adventures. Below are some […]

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Putting trees back where they once were: Reforestation at Centre ValBio

  Reforestation is a Mainstay of Centre ValBio Reforestation at Centre ValBio has been a mainstay of the field station since its founding. Working with landowners in the periphery of the park, Centre ValBio has established reforestation plots on private land as well as a demonstration agroforestry plot which has vanilla vines growing on native trees for support. Using Trees Native to the Region The reforestation program only uses trees which are native to the region, the seeds for which are gathered from […]

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2015 World Lemur Festival Events Calendar

Held at the end of October, the 2nd annual World Lemur Festival raises awareness for lemur conservation, celebrates lemurs and Madagascar, and educates the public about why it’s important to protect them and their habitats in Madagascar. If there isn’t an event in your area, check out this blog post for ideas on how you can celebrate wherever you live! Hosting an event? Send us the info and we’ll add it to the calendar! » Download event graphics   Jump to […]

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Beautiful sunset in Madagascar. Photo by Mal Mitchell from Azafady.

Leading Conservation with Mal Mitchell from Azafady

Can you give me some background on you, your experience in Madagascar, and your work with Azafady? Very broadly, my background is in campaigning and holistic education, with a key focus on psychology. I got hooked on lemurs and Madagascar in late 1999, and started working with Azafady in 2000. My focus with them is project development, fundraising, networking, donor relations and research – I lead the small project development team in London, coordinating with the bigger team on the […]

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Beautiful coastal view of southern Madagascar. Photo by Ash Dykes.

Catching up with Ash Dykes in Fort Dauphin, Madagascar

Recently, we chatted with Ash Dykes during his stop in Fort Dauphin near the start of his epic 1,800 mile trek across Madagascar. He had just finished his first 120 miles—hiking through grueling sand dunes with limited water—and had met with both Azafady and Sainte Luce Reserve to discuss their work in southwest Madagascar. For the first section of the trek, Ash was joined by a local guide named Mi. We’ve seen wildlife: snakes and chameleons. I saw a lemur only on the drive down south. Mi […]

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Dylan from Creations 4 Wildlife. Photo from their website.

Innovative Fundraising: Creating Bracelets for Lemur Conservation at Just 12 Years Old!

The mother and son team create and sell beaded bracelets that are inspired by some of Dylan’s favorite endangered species, with 40% of each bracelet’s sale donated to a chosen conservation organization. October 1st, he launched a new bracelet inspired by 3 types of lemur: ring-tailed lemurs, sifakas, and ruffed lemurs! Funds raised from bracelet sales will benefit the Duke Lemur Center. Over the past three years Dylan, age 12, has raised more than $3,500 for conservation. As Dylan continues to grow, so do his […]

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