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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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Learning thru Lemurs: Lemurpalooza and Lemur Limericks!

Teacher Robin Lee at the Ellis School in Fremont, New Hampshire, USA just finished a whole year of “Learning thru Lemurs” with her 6th grade language arts students! The students were inspired by lemurs and Madagascar all school year, reading and writing about conservation, the rainforest, and all of the amazing animals that call Madagascar home. They visited the zoo, made lemur stuffed animals, and integrated conservation words into their vocabulary lessons. Learn more about Robin Lee’s Learning thru Lemurs […]

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Upcoming Events

We have three events coming up! We’d love to see you there. Discover Madagascar Festival Saturday, May 30, 10 am to 8 pm Vienna, Virginia Run by RSM DC Happy Hour with the Lemur Conservation Network Wednesday, June 3, 5 pm to 9 pm Vinoteca Wine Bar and Bistro Washington, DC » Learn more and RSVP Happy Hour and Networking at ICCB-ECCB 2015 Conference Monday, August 3, at 8 pm to 9:30 pm UTC+0 Montpelier, France » Learn more and RSVP

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Love Lemurs? Show it (on your shirt)!

Lemurs are the world’s most endangered group of mammals with over 100 unique species, including sifakas, ring-tails, aye-ayes, and indris. Now, you can share your love of Madagascar’s unique lemur species with everyone you see! This unique t-shirt is designed to pique curiosity and start conversations about your favorite animals: lemurs. The T-Shirt Low-Down Priced at just $19 plus shipping, these green t-shirts with white lettering are soft, high quality, and made by American Apparel. Mens style shirts are available in extra-small through […]

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Leading Conservation: A Chat with Jeff Gibbs, Part 2

Last time we discussed your great victory with the campaign in the Amazon. If you were to do a similar campaign today, do you think you’d need to change your approach, especially with the advent of social media and today’s 24-hour news cycle? JG: What I didn’t mention before is that the issue didn’t go away really. It disappeared for years, and then all of the campaigners and organizations that had come together for that went on to other things, and it […]

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Leading Conservation: A Chat with Jeff Gibbs, Part 1

First, can you talk about your experiences in Madagascar? JG: I worked throughout Madagascar helping to build a volunteer program for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF). WWF has field projects in different places, and my job was to build the volunteer program from scratch. They had never formally brought on volunteers, so it took a lot to convince people in the organization that it would be worthwhile to do, and then to actually determine what the activities would be and where the […]

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Over 150 Conservation Leaders and Lemur Fans Celebrate Launch

Last Thursday, March 19, we held our launch party at Right Proper Brewing Company in Washington, D.C. It was a blast! So Many Friends Helped Us Celebrate Over 150 people came out to the brewery to celebrate. Guests from several of our member organizations were in attendance, including the Duke Lemur Center, Conservation International, and ICTE/Centre Val Bio. Other guests came from all over the D.C. area, including many who work for environmental and international development organizations like the Smithsonian National Zoo, Chemonics International, Conservation […]

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Learning thru Lemurs: One 6th Grade Class Spends a Year Studying All Things Lemur

Last July, sixth grade language arts teacher Robin Lee went to the IMAX theater, knowing little about lemurs and Madagascar, and not even aware what was playing that day. She was in for a treat. On the screen was Island of Lemurs:  Madagascar. The movie—and its furry co-stars—inspired her. As a teacher, she knew her students’ curiosity would be piqued by these fascinating animals and their unique home. Coming out of the cinema, I was still in awe of the movie:  content, […]

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