Tell us a little bit about the history of Association Mitsinjo. Association Mitsinjo was formed in 1999 as a grassroots village initiative by 13 community members from Andasibe. Originally created as an association of tourist guides, members soon began to also use their skills and experience for the conservation of the biodiversity of their region. Over the years of its existence, and having itself evolved from the community it is working in, Association Mitsinjo has developed into an important […]
Planet Madagascar is the member of the month for July 2018. Their programs are centered around conservation, community, and education. Planet Madagascar works closely with local forest communities near Ankarafantsika National Park to improve the lives of the people living here and conserve lemurs and their habitat.
Tell us a little bit about the history of Centre ValBio. Inaugurated in 2003, Centre ValBio (CVB)is a world class research facility at the entrance to Ranomafana National Park in southeastern Madagascar. CVB was founded by Dr. Patricia Wright, Distinguished Professor at Stony Brook University, New York. In 1986, a research team led by Dr. Patricia C. Wright (then an Assistant Professor from Duke University) camped in the classified rainforest near the village of Ranomafana. On that expedition into […]
Tell us a little bit about the history of the Duke Lemur Center. In 1966, John Buettner-Janusch, a Yale anthropologist, partnered with Duke biologist Peter Klopfer to relocate Buettner-Janusch’s colony of lemurs from Connecticut to the campus of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. The National Science Foundation (NSF) provided the funds to build a “living laboratory” where lemurs and their close relatives could be studied intensively and non-invasively. In 1966, the nascent Duke Lemur Center (then called the Duke […]
Working with IUCN’s Save Our Species Program Working with colleagues in IUCN’s Save Our Species allows me to help connect two important parts of the global conservation system: action on the ground to the international level of policy, awareness raising and donor priorities. I am privileged to work closely with colleagues across Madagascar who have dedicated their careers to protecting lemurs and who appreciate the fundamental importance of this link. Grants for conservation projects are a valuable interface between these […]
The lemur Rescue center created by the NGO Reniala responds to the problem of keeping lemurs illegally in captivity in Madagascar. Tell us a little bit about the history of the Lemur Rescue Center. In 1998, Maurice ADIBA founded the private reserve Reniala in parallel with the NGO Reniala. A science teacher, Maurice was very sensitive to Madagascar’s environmental problems while teaching in Tulear between 1990 and 1993. The NGO Reniala has been working on the Reniala Reserve site as […]
It is a truly shocking sight. The eviscerated carcasses of eleven Critically Endangered lemurs lie on the desk of the Gendarmerie’s outpost in Andasibe. On 28th February, the ten Indri and one Diademed Sifaka have been killed in the south of Andasibe Commune, which is world-famous among nature enthusiasts for its gentle and approachable lemurs. While two perpetrators caught in the act are still at large, one of the three poachers has been arrested. Two rifles and one slingshot have […]
Attention! Explicit images below. On Wednesday 28th of February in the Commune of Lakato, a lemur poaching tragedy was reported and shared through social media as well as the international news. The Gendarme and VOI Firaisankina caught and arrested a man with a bag of dead lemurs. Illegal hunting commonly known as poaching is one of the main drivers of biodiversity loss. Sadly, lemur poaching in Madagascar is pretty common for the commercial bushmeat trade and pet trade. While a group […]