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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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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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Lemur in Ranobe, Photo courtesy of Ho Avy

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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